We see many different children with many different needs. Some children will accept dental treatment, while others have more difficulty. Dr. Fatina will assess your child’s anxiety level and recommend the appropriate behavior management technique. Our goal is to complete your child’s dental treatment in a safe, comfortable way. Sometimes the help of sedative medications help your child to relax and feel comfortable.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Many children are at ease at the dental office, however, sometimes a child feels anxious during treatment. Your child may need more than a gentle and caring manner to feel comfortable. We offer nitrous oxide/oxygen ( also known as Laughing Gas). It is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a safe and effective modality for treating children. It has a calming effect. There are many beneficial effects of nitrous including: less anxiety, less pain perception, altered perception of time, visual fear reduction (the nose helps block tools and instruments that can potentially frighten the child)
Sedation dentistry is used to complete the dental treatment in a comfortable manner so that a child isn’t fearful to come for regular dental visits. It also decreases the number of appointments to complete treatment. Sedation dentistry is recommended for patients who are very young and cannot sit still for treatment. Furthermore, it is recommended for extensive dental needs. In addition, sedation dentistry is recommended for patients who are fearful of dental treatment and also for certain individuals with special needs.
Sedation Dentistry Consultations
Sedation dentistry is not for everyone. Each child has unique needs and therefore is screened to determine if they are a good candidate for sedation. Some factors that are considered include past dental experiences, the temperament of the child, level of cooperation, dental trauma, and medical history.
We offer consultations for sedation dentistry. During the consult we will go over your child’s dental needs and treatment recommendations. We will review your child’s health history. We will discuss how the procedure is performed from start to finish. We encourage questions and hope to make you and your child feel comfortable.