Sedation Dentistry in Prosper, TX

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What is sedation dentistry?

Our team at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry understands that some children have genuine anxiety about seeing a pediatric dentist. Our goal is to make these dental appointments less stressful and more enjoyable for your child. We work hard to build trust and put them at ease at every stage of the process. In addition, several forms of sedation dentistry in Prosper, TX, can help young patients relax enough to undergo certain dental procedures safely. Call our pediatric dental office if you have questions about any of the following forms of dental sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation (“laughing gas”)
  • Oral conscious sedation (“sleepy juice”)
  • In-office general anesthesia

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Dental practices are full of unfamiliar sights, sounds, and experiences that could cause your child to feel nervous or afraid. For some children, even routine dental cleanings feel overwhelming. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry can help your little one learn to love the dentist and have positive memories about their experience. This is why our pediatric dentists offer several sedation dentistry options for children. Learn more about how our dental professionals can help make your child’s visit comfortable and relaxing with safe and effective dental sedation options as listed below.

What is Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation (“Laughing Gas”)?

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is helpful for routine procedures and for patients who experience mild dental anxiety. When your child sits in the dental treatment chair, we place a nasal mask that produces a gentle mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. They feel more calm and content within minutes. We can make adjustments as needed throughout their visit, ensuring total comfort during the entire process. This method of sedation is mild enough that when turned off at the end of the procedure, patients feel back to normal.

What is Oral Conscious Dental Sedation (“Sleepy Juice”)?

For children who have moderate dental anxiety and/or have a need for multiple dental procedures, oral conscious sedation may be a good option. This liquid medicine will help your child go into a dreamlike state without remembering the details of the appointment. Keep in mind that the effects of oral conscious sedation can take hours to wear off, so they will need to be supervised before and after the visit to our pediatric dental office.

What is In-Office General Anesthesia?

For children with severe anxiety and/or medical necessities that require deeper sedation, we may recommend the use of general anesthesia to put them to sleep for the duration of their dental treatment. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry performs this in-office with a licensed anesthesiologist to ensure your child’s safety throughout the whole procedure.

Dental sedation FAQs

Will my child be awake during nitrous oxide sedation?

While they may feel drowsy, your child will remain conscious and responsive throughout their dental treatment. Our team at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry will keep a close eye on their breathing and heart rate to ensure everything is perfectly normal. If needed, we can adjust the level of sedation to ensure they are as safe and comfortable as possible.

Is nitrous oxide safe for children?

Nitrous oxide is a reliable sedation treatment that’s been used in dentistry for nearly 200 years. Over the years, it has been fine-tuned and paired with state-of-the-art technology to become one of the most reliable tools in overcoming dental anxiety. It’s even officially recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as an effective sedation technique for children.

Studies indicate that nitrous oxide is well-tolerated in most children, though some may experience feelings of nausea. Laughing gas does not have any long-term side effects but can have a major impact on how your little one views oral health for the rest of their lives.

What are the benefits of nitrous oxide?

There are a variety of reasons why nitrous oxide is a popular choice among parents and dentists, like:

  • Makes for faster and more productive visits
  • Can be administered without needles
  • A safe and reliable choice for patients with special needs
  • Helps children overcome their fear of the dentist

Help your child relax during dental treatment

Does your child seem anxious or nervous about an upcoming dental appointment? Don't let a fear of the dentist get in the way of the treatment they need. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer several sedation options for young patients so they can enjoy their visit. If you want to learn more about your options, schedule a consultation with us in Prosper, TX. Our pediatric dentists can determine if your child could benefit from sedation dentistry.

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