Helping children conquer dental fears and phobias in Richland and Kennewick, WA.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be stressful!
However, we understand some children don’t tolerate dental treatment well and need more assistance, which is why we offer sedation dentistry.
Sedation aims to help your kiddo remain calm and comfortable during their visit. It may be suitable for your child if they have:
Contact us to see if sedation dentistry is suitable for your little surfer.
Sedation dentistry can help your little surfer:
Sedation dentistry helps your child build trust regarding the dentist and dental treatments, which can ultimately help them overcome barriers and establish life-long healthy dental habits.
Sedation should put your child in a state of relaxation, allowing them to sit through the appointment and be unaware of the tasks at hand.
If your kid struggles with dental treatments, this option may allow our pediatric dentists to complete more treatments in one go and minimize the need for additional appointments.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
We’ll help you choose the best one for your child.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, offers a mild level of sedation.
Your child will inhale it through a nosepiece, helping them feel calm during their procedure. The dentist can adjust the level of sedation to match your child’s comfort level.
With nitrous oxide, your child will remain awake and be able to communicate or respond to the dentist’s instructions.
This type offers a mild to moderate sedation level.
Oral conscious sedation helps your child feel very relaxed and able to sit still through their appointment. They may also feel drowsy and even fall asleep, but the sedative itself won’t make them unconscious. We’ll closely monitor them throughout the appointment to ensure their safety. Afterward, they’ll have little memory of the appointment.
General anesthesia is a strong sedative that an anesthesiologist administers in the office. It may be recommended for your child depending on:
- Their needs
- The extent of the procedures
- The type of work they need
- Their age
Your child will be closely monitored throughout the visit to ensure their safety. Afterward, they’ll have no memory of the procedure.
Why Do Parents Trust Us?
We always put your child's comfort and safety first.
With or without sedation dentistry, our goal is to provide your child with the best experience and highest quality dental care. We make this happen through:
Positive reinforcements: We use positive behavior techniques to earn your child’s trust and eliminate negative connotations with going to the dentist.
Personalized experience: We strive to build a personal connection with your kiddo and make every visit fun.
Specialized training: Our dentists have received specialized training and techniques in pediatric dentistry, allowing them to treat children from ages 1-18 from all backgrounds and needs.
What else is there to love about the Smile Surfers difference?
The dentists here are GREAT with my son! He has severe anxiety and sensory issues, and the staff is so patient and understanding with him!
Melanie H., 5-Star Google Review
Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry?
- Which sedation option is right for my child?It depends on your child’s needs, the type or number of procedures needed, etc.
If you think your child could benefit from dental sedation, contact us for a recommendation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, each type of sedation is safe. We’ll closely monitor your child every step of the way and adapt to their comfort levels.
We strictly follow the protocols from the American Academy of Pediatrics…Open a new window to the AAP website… and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry…Open a new window to the AAPD website… for sedating children. Your child’s safety is our priority.
- How much does sedation dentistry cost?
The cost varies based on the type of sedative used, the procedure(s), and insurance coverage.
To receive a quote and discuss payment options, please contact your nearest Smile Surfers.
- How long do the effects of nitrous oxide last?
Once the procedure is done, we’ll turn off the laughing gas, and the effects will immediately begin to wear off. On average, it takes only a few minutes, however, it can last up to 30 minutes.
Your child should be able to go to school after their appointment.