Exploring the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Children

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Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help your child relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help children with severe dental anxiety. 

Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your child’s individual needs. Sedation allows their body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if your child needs complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents their muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position. 

In every case, your child’s sedation is closely monitored by our experienced pediatric dental team, which will ensure your child’s safety and comfort.


Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, helps children relax during dental procedures without putting them to sleep. It’s a safe and effective way to ease anxiety and make the experience more comfortable for your child.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces pain sensitivity. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of the nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, your child will be fully alert.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, provides a stronger level of sedation than Nitrous Oxide. Many parents prefer to use OCS for their child due to the deeper relaxation it provides. Though your child is still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, they will remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many parents have found that their child has little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit. 

General Anesthesia

With general anesthesia, your child will be unconscious and unable to respond during dental procedures. In this unconscious state, your child will not feel any pain, and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear, which is why many parents ask about using general anesthesia. The effects typically wear off after a few hours.

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Oral conscious sedation allows your child to stay awake but deeply relaxed, making dental treatments less stressful and more comfortable.