Does your child hate dental appointments? Are you tired of dragging your kid to see a dentist? If your child gets anxious when visiting the dentist, contact Dentistry for Children to learn about our sedation options. Our child-safe, skillfully administered dental sedation will:Dental Sedation at Dentistry for Children Read Transcript
The sedation options in our office range from probably the most simple thing would be laughing gas. Most people are familiar with that. They just put a little nose on, usually we have different scents, strawberry and grape and stuff like that. They smell it while the watch the movie. What laughing gas does is it kind of calms them down. It also helps a little bit with pain and hopefully just relaxes them, makes the experience easier. Then when we're done, we just give them oxygen and that gas clears out. Now after if they're still a little nervous, then we would go to oral sedation as the next sedation option. Where we have them come in, we give them a little drink of some medicine, kind of makes them more relaxed and kind of takes away any fears that they might have. We also give laughing gas with that. Then beyond that, then we'd get to options where usually the kids are asleep. There's two ways we put kids to sleep. One is in office where we do IV sedation with where we have an anesthesia specialist come in. They put them to sleep and we get everything done while the child's asleep. The other option is going to a surgical center or hospital. We use Primary Children's hospital here in the valley. We usually go up there once a month and then we have a surgical center we use. Doing that way it's just a one appointment visit. It's just like going in to get tonsils, they put you to sleep and then I just get all the work done in one appointment.
- Set your child at ease so they can receive the dental care they need to keep their smile healthy.
- Reduce their fear of future dental visits.
- Help us catch cavities and other problems in their early stages.
- Give you peace of mind that you are taking care of their dental needs.
For your convenience, we have dental offices in Sandy, UT and West Valley, UT. Dr. Erik Rooklidge, our other dentists, and our soothing staff will do everything we can to relax your child and provide high-quality dental care!
Our Dental Sedation Options Calm Children
Because every child has unique concerns, Dentistry for Children offers three fantastic options for dental sedation. One or more of these will work for your child to eliminate their anxiety – we’ll help you decide which one is best.
Inhaled sedation, better known as “laughing gas,” consists of a gas mixed with oxygen that your child will breathe in through a small mask. Almost immediately, your little one will begin to feel a mild euphoria and all nervousness will melt away. The effects will wear off just as quickly.
Another option is oral conscious sedation that is administered in a safe liquid they will drink before we begin treatment. Your child will stay awake the entire time so we can communicate with them, but they will likely have only a vague memory of the visit.
IV sedation is our strongest form of sedation. Your child will instantly feel the effects, and all anxiety will disappear. We are thoroughly trained in administering dental sedation, including for children with special needs. We will carefully monitor your child during their visit, ensuring optimal comfort.
If your child is old enough to drive, it’s important you know that a trusted friend or family member will need to pick them up if they undergo oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.
If there is any chance your child will experience discomfort, we can also provide anesthetic to prevent any pain.
Our Amenities & Talented Staff Also Help With Dental Anxiety
Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffer from dental anxiety for one reason or another? Don’t assume your child is just being stubborn if they resist visiting the dentist. It takes only one bad experience to make someone uncomfortable with dental appointments.
Besides sedation, we also offer some of the comforts of home to help put your child at ease. These include:
- Video games in our waiting rooms
- Fun playhouses to keep your child occupied
- TVs mounted above each chair for watching movies during their exam or procedure
Plus, our caring team understands children and will work hard to relieve their dental anxiety. We will listen intently to your child’s particular concerns so we provide them the most pleasant experience we can. With our help, your child can have a positive association with the dentist from now on!
Learn more about our dental sedation options so you can treat your children to stress-free dental care. Call Dentistry for Children today at either our West Valley location (801-758-7119) or our Sandy location (801-871-3008).