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Is Sedation Dentistry Right For My Child?

September 30, 2020 1:21 am

Visiting the dentist can be stressful for younger patients — unfamiliar people, sights, sounds, and the expectation of pain can make for a nerve-wracking combination.

One of the many ways that we can safely ensure that your child has a relaxed and comfortable visit with us is with sedation dentistry. Tots and Teens Pediatric Dentistry proudly offers multiple sedation techniques, along with our comprehensive dental services.

Here’s an overview of the options we offer at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry in Kerrville, TX.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation dentistry. It is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas that we administer through a nose mask to help your child feel at ease and calm during their treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once the mask is removed, and your child will feel like themselves again soon after the treatment is over.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is administered through a prescribed pill and will help your child feel sleepy and calm. If your child falls asleep during their treatment, they can still be woken up fairly easily. Your child might be drowsy after treatment, so be sure to give them time to rest once they’re back at home.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the most powerful form of sedation dentistry. With general anesthesia, the patient is put in a controlled state of unconsciousness. The patient will become unaware of their surroundings and will also not be able to move. This type of sedation is reserved for special treatments and for treatments performed as part of an outpatient service at a nearby hospital.

Dental Sedation for Kids in Kerrville, TX

Don’t let dental anxiety keep your child from receiving the necessary preventive and restorative dental care that they need to keep their smile healthy and bright! Contact our friendly dental team today to schedule an appointment for your child at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry. We look forward to seeing you!

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