Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry At Your Fair Oaks Pediatric Dentist’s Office

Sedation dentistry at your Fair Oaks pediatric dentist and orthodontist can transform your child’s Boerne family dentist office experience. Dr. Frere, Dr. VandeBerg, and Dr. Campbell use sedation dentistry to provide a comfortable and relaxing experience for our kids in order to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably. Proper use of sedation techniques is safe and it helps children who may have fears or anxiety about their upcoming dental or orthodontic treatment. We understand that many children can be anxious when going to their pediatric dentist, which is why we make sure that when you first walk into our office, you’ll be greeted by our warm and welcoming staff in our family-friendly environment. We don’t just stop there when it comes to the comfort of our kids – we’re also able to provide a variety of behavioral management methods to help put your child at ease. One of these is our sedation dentistry.

Let Your Child Relax At The Children’s Dentist Office

Let Your Child Relax At The Children’s Dentist OfficeWe strive to create a fun-filled and friendly office environment where our young Fair Oaks and Boerne patients can feel at home! However, we realize that even the simplest pediatric dentist 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. Regardless of which type of sedation your child receives, he or she will also typically need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth -- to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

  • Oral Conscious Sedation

    We typically recommend oral conscious sedation for our patients receiving extensive dental treatment and for those who are very apprehensive about their visit. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. 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 takes several factors into consideration to ensure the safety and well-being of your child, including their anxiety level and current health prognosis.

    They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake. It is normal for children to become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. 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

    You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide is often used as a conscious sedative during a pediatric dentist visit. The gas 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. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects of the gas tend to wear off quickly. 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.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Your Child?

Rest assured that sedation dentistry is safe for your child, as administered by our experienced Fair Oaks pediatric dentists. Consider utilizing sedation dentistry if your child has:

  • A great fear of the pediatric dentist’s office
  • Had previous traumatic dental experiences at other children’s dentists
  • Difficulty getting numb with standard family dentist procedures
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems which require long or multiple procedures
  • A fear of needles and shots
  • A strong dislike of the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care
  • Special needs
  • Difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time

Contact Your Fair Oaks Kids Dentist Today!

Don’t let your child’s anxiety about visiting your Fair Oaks pediatric dentist get in the way of making sure you maintain their great oral health. Consider sedation dentistry, paired with our other behavioral management techniques, at Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. Sedation dentistry has greatly improved dental care for countless kids. If you have any concerns about our sedation dentistry techniques, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions! Schedule an appointment today with the best children’s dentist in Boerne by calling our welcoming office at (830) 455-4063. Or, use our convenient online appointment form. Let’s get started teaching your children about the importance of their oral health!

Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

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

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