Sedation - Pediatric Dentistry


Are your child’s trips to the dentist an emotional battle? They don’t have to be. Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs or anxiety. Sometimes called relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety through the use of medication.

When Should You Consider Sedation Dentistry for Your Child?

If your child experiences any of the following challenges at the dentist, they may be a good candidate for sedation:

  • High fear of dental care

  • Complex dental problems

  • Traumatic dental experiences

  • Fear of  "shots"

  • Pre-cooperative age (typically under 3 1/2 years of age)

Inhalation Sedation and Oral Sedation

Both of these methods work quickly, while the patient is awake. Inhalation sedation uses nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help reduce your child’s anxiety and gag reflex, while enhancing effective communication with them during the procedure.

Oral sedation works best for children preschool age and older. Through oral sedation, your child will experience deeper relaxation, while still remaining conscious and responding to external requests. Our staff will closely monitor and ensure the safety of your child during and after each appointment. Some of the medication will also have an amnesiac effect; your child will not remember the dental procedures, lowering anxiety for future appointments.

Our dentists will help determine and recommend a sedation option that is best for your child.

IV Sedation

Some of our younger patients, as well as those with special needs, struggle to comprehend and cooperate for dental treatments. IV sedation enables them to receive comprehensive dental care in one treatment appointment.

As a state-certified sedation facility, Drs. Iten and Gregg can provide dental services while a board-certified dental anesthesiologist monitors and delivers all necessary medication. A preliminary consultation with Dr. Iten or Dr. Gregg is followed by a secondary consultation with a dental anesthesiologist as well as with your child's physician. A decision is then made as to whether it will be best to administer IV sedation in the office or in a hospital.

Pediatric Dentistry has used the same IV sedation group for 20 years, and we're happy to be able to provide this unique service for our younger age or medically compromised patients.

Pediatric Dentistry
245 Sterkel Blvd, Ste 101
Mansfield, OH 44907
Phone: (419) 522-5437 (KIDS)
Fax: (419) 522-1631

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