Sedation Dentistry for Children
Local anesthesia refers to a topical and/or injected anesthetic that will affect only the targeted area for a brief period of time to minimize or eliminate sensation or pain in that specific “localized” area during a dental procedure.
Oraverse is an injectible substance that is used to reverse the local anesthetic within 20 minutes to prevent lip biting. OraVerse is the first and only local anesthesia reversal agent that allows your child to be back to normal sensation twice as fast.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas” or “sweet air” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose. Your child will remain conscious the entire time. This gas helps them feel calm and relaxed while the Doctor performs the dental treatment.
IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
Our office has a multiple licensed anesthesiologists on staff who can safely provide IV sedation/general anesthesia to your child. This service is provided in-office and can usually be scheduled within a week or 2. With this type of sedation, your child will be completely asleep during the treatment and will awaken having no recollection of the treatment itself. One additional benefit to this type of sedation is that your child will not be “numb” when they wake up, since novocaine is not necessary when the child is asleep. Of course, if the treatment could cause any post-op pain, novocaine may be used to make the child more comfortable following the procedure. This type of sedation is appropriate for a more apprehensive child and those children who might need more extensive dental work that would generally take 6o minutes or more to complete. Using this type of sedation ensures that all treatments can be completed in one visit.