We provide the patient with a type of medication that helps their body to relax, which makes the procedure more comfortable for them. The more comfortable our patients are, the easier it is for us to complete procedures. The easier a procedure is, the faster it is, which we know patients love!
It is important to note that sedation medication doesn’t treat pain. Therefore, we will still need to administer local anesthesia to the gum tissue in order to numb the teeth and gums.
In our office, we only utilize one type of sedation: nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through the nose. It makes the patient feel calm and even slightly euphoric. Some children are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the procedure, though this doesn’t happen to every child.
If a child has special needs, a strong gag reflex, or needs something stronger than nitrous because their anxiety is so high, we will schedule them for hospital dentistry. We have privileges at the local hospital, which allows us to perform our dental procedures while providing the child with general anesthesia.
We ask that parents call us the day before their appointment if the child is experiencing cold symptoms or allergies. A stuffy, runny nose makes it difficult to administer the nitrous oxide, let alone complete the dental procedure comfortably.
If your child is good to go, we’ll place a small mask over their nose and instruct them to take a few deep breaths. You are welcome to stay with your child during this time, which can help them feel secure and stay calm.
During the entire procedure, your child will be closely monitored. They will never be left alone while receiving sedation.
If your child is going to receive sedation and dentistry in a hospital setting, we will provide special instructions that include:
Depending on the type of sedation administered, your child may feel groggy, cranky, dizzy, or nauseated after their procedure. They should rest for at least 24 hours as the medication leaves their system.
Dr. Kristi Seibel earned her DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. After working some years as a general dentist, Dr. Seibel returned to Tufts to specialize in her first love, pediatric dentistry. Her training included treating children, young adults, and special needs patients at New England Medical Center, the Cotting School, and Brookline Dept. of Health Dental Clinic.
Dr. Thaker is passionate about providing the highest quality of dental care to children in the most comfortable atmosphere possible. Dr. Thaker has continued her education by taking several courses throughout the years to stay informed about the newest and most proven research and developments in the field of pediatric dentistry.
We will do all we can to provide your child with excellent dental care. We understand that fear, anxiety, and special needs can make this challenging at times. Thankfully, sedation medications allow us to help your child stay calm and comfortable while we serve their dental needs.