Sedation Dentistry

Child in dental chair.A Comfortable Dental Experience

We strive to create a fun-filled and friendly office environment where young patients can feel at home! However, we realize that even the simplest dental visit can make some children feel anxious. To make your child’s visit more comfortable and efficient, we use a variety of behavioral management methods, including the show and tell approach and role-playing, in conjunction with oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide.

Oral Conscious Sedation

We typically recommend oral conscious sedation for patients receiving extensive dental treatment and for those who are very apprehensive about their visit. Conscious sedation provides a deep state of relaxation. Your child is relaxed but remains alert during the procedure.

When taken orally (liquid or tablet form), certain sedatives can provide a level of relaxation that is appropriate for your child.Dr. Frere will determine the type of sedation medicine as well as the dosage that is suitable for your child before the day of the procedure. Dr. Frere take several factors into consideration to ensure the safety and well-being of your child, including their anxiety level and current health prognosis.

It is normal for children to feel sleepy or go to sleep during treatment after receiving sedation. After treatment, you can carry your child out of the office. However, he or she may be alert enough to walk out of the office on their own.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious children relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, your child is still conscious and can talk to the dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although your child may experience minor nausea and constipation.

Dental treatment is necessary for patients of all ages, especially children. We are trained to safely administer sedatives to ensure your child has a pleasant and comfortable experience. Dr. Frere will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.

Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

  • Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry - 215 W. Bandera Rd., #112, Boerne, TX 78006 Phone: (830) 331-8008

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