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Safe Sedation Dentistry for Kids in Tyler, TX
If your child is feeling nervous or fearful about their dental appointment, we’re here to save the day! Sedation dentistry is often the knight in shining armor for many kids at their dental visits. Our goal is to help children feel comfortable and confident during their dental visits, so that one day, they can conquer their checkups all on their own!
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a yummy scented mask placed over the nose. It’s incredibly safe and a great sedation option for helping anxious children relax and “de-wiggle” those wiggle worms for a filling or two. After treatment is complete, we simply remove the mask and kiddos will feel back to normal after taking just a few breaths of fresh air.
For patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety, or our extra wiggly patients, we also offer intranasal sedation. It provides continuous, safe, and effective results. Similar to a nasal allergy spray, intranasal sedation is administered by simply squirting the solution into the nose of our patient. The effects are almost instant and it helps keep patients calm by sending them into a state of stress-free relaxation.
When there is a little more work than just a few fillings or a child’s anxiety is very high, we offer conscious sedation. This type of sedation comes in the form of a liquid that patients take before their appointment begins. Usually, this liquid is administered orally, but sometimes we administer it via the nose. During this type of sedation, patients feel more relaxed than laughing gas, but not completely asleep. We take the safety of your child very seriously and meet all of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines. Where we can, we attempt to exceed those guidelines. For example, our monitoring system in the office takes the same type of measurements as those seen in hospital surgery centers around the nation.
Deep IV Sedation or General Anesthesia
When the amount of work is too great or a child is not able to cooperate at all, we offer general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a combination of inhaled gas and sometimes an IV medication. With this form of sedation, patients will be completely unconscious, or “asleep”, during the procedure which allows us to provide the highest quality treatment possible. This can take place in the office or at a local surgery center/hospital. We work with licensed anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to closely monitor your child the entire time.