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Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Sedation Dentistry

Avoid Lifelong Trauma with IV Sedation Dentistry in Glendale, AZ

Do you know any adults who are terrified of the dentist?

Do they avoid getting routine dental care because of their fear?

Avoiding care leads them to dental problems like cavities and gum disease, which hurt.

Getting those treated is expensive and can be painful, reinforcing their fear of dentists.

Nine times out of then, those people can trace their fear of dentists to a bad childhood experience.


The Dentist Does Not Have to Be Scary

We understand that the dentist can be intimidating for children. However, we can take the anxiety out of even routine dental visits with pediatric sedation dentistry.

Pediatric sedation dentistry involves the use of substances to help relax the patient. What we use depends on:

  • Patient Health History
  • Degree of Sedation Required
  • Procedure

Reasons to Choose Sedation

Parents choose child sedation dentistry for several reasons.

  • The top reason is probably anxiety. Anxiety or prior trauma can cause some children to panic at the mere thought of the dentist. Using light sedation for those patients can help them relax and eliminate the need for sedation in later visits.
  • Fidgeting is another reason to choose sedation. Children’s mouths are small, and they have to be still for dental visits. However, some children struggle with fidgeting and cannot sit still long enough for an exam, cleaning, or other procedures. Sedation dentistry can help them relax.
  • Special needs is an umbrella term to describe children with medical or emotional conditions that require sedation. For example, many children with autism find the sounds of dental instruments to be very stressful. Children with a sensitive gag reflex might vomit without sedation. We assess your child’s medical needs and will recommend sedation if it is indicated.
  • Extended work. Even adults find it challenging to sit still for lengthy procedures like root canals or dental extractions. We recommend sedation if your child’s treatment takes an extended time.

What Types of Sedation

We can use various types of sedation dentistry to help your child.

Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an inhalation sedation technique that lets you relax during visits.

IV sedation dentistry involves administering sedation medication through IV so you can relax during your visit.

General anesthesia is generally reserved for lengthy procedures or for patients with extreme anxiety or other concerns that indicate it. We administer general anesthesia by IV medication and monitor your pulse and oxygen levels while under sedation.

Contact Us

Looking for sedation dentistry near me in Glendale, AZ? Contact Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. We are committed to a gentle, non-traumatic approach to caring for your child’s teeth.
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Not many people love going to the dentist, especially if major dental work is required. Some people develop anxiety that keeps them from getting the dental care they need. At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Glendale, Arizona, the highly trained team wants to make your dental experience positive. They offer sedation dentistry to help you feel fully relaxed during your appointment and procedure. Call to schedule your next dental appointment or book online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

During sedation dentistry, you feel fully relaxed. Sedation is often helpful for people who have:

  • Anxiety about dental visits
  • Trouble sitting still for long time periods
  • Special needs
  • Sensitive teeth
  • A bad gag reflex
  • The need for extensive dental work

Discuss the reasons for wanting sedation dentistry with your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for it. Depending on your treatment plan, they might even recommend it for you.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

Some of the different types of sedation available at Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics include:

Nitrous oxide

You might know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” This inhalation sedation technique is effective for keeping you relaxed during dental visits without any lasting effects. Your dentist administers nitrous oxide through your nose and mouth.

General anesthesia

With general anesthesia, your provider gives you medications that make you unconscious during a dental procedure. A technician monitors your pulse and oxygen levels throughout treatment to ensure you stay safe during sedation. You wake up after the anesthesia wears off.

What happens after sedation?

A friend or family member must drive you home following sedation or general anesthesia, as you might remain groggy for several hours after treatment. You can drive home following the administration of laughing gas.

Which type of sedation dentistry is right for me?

Your Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provider works with you to find a type of sedation that’s right for you. They take into consideration the type of dental work you require, the level of anxiety you have, and your preferences.

Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or booking an appointment online.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For Children?

When done properly with qualified providers, sedation and anesthesia can be done very safely and predictably. Our office only uses board-certified anesthesiologists for sedation.

Why Can’t My Child Eat Before The Sedation? Why Is Sedation Used In Children’s Dentistry?

Sometimes the anesthesia medications/process can cause nausea. If food or other contents of the stomach are vomited/aspirated into the lungs it can affect the patient’s airway and present other serious complications. When children are either too young or too fearful/uncooperative for dental treatment, sedation and anesthesia are excellent options for completing dental treatment. Our office will use every option possible to help children get through their dental care in a safe and encouraging manner, but when this is not possible Sedation/anesthesia may be recommended.

What Types Of Sedation Are Used For Children?

Our office uses 2 types of sedation/anesthesia. First, we offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to either young patients or patients that are just a bit nervous or scared of dental treatment. This option does not put the child to “sleep”, but works in a calming, relaxing manner to “take the edge off” of any nervousness. The second option is general anesthesia/deep sedation. This is the process of placing the patient under anesthesia in a state of “sleep” or “unawareness”. Patients who experience this option will be asleep before dental treatment begins, and thus, will have no memory of the dental treatment. This option is performed in partnership with licenses, board-certified dental anesthesiologists.

How Long Do The Sedatives Last?

Nitrous oxide takes effect within a few minutes of being administered and wears off within a few minutes of the gas being turned off. General anesthesia effects can be felt for several hours after the procedure.

How Can Dental Sedation Help My Child?

We understand that all children have different fears and apprehensions. Our goal is to provide dental treatment in a compassionate and caring way so that patients of all temperaments will get the quality dental treatment they deserve. Therefore, the options of Nitrous Oxide and General Anesthesia/Deep sedation give us the option of treating most patients in a caring manner.

What Type Of Care Will My Child Require After Dental Sedation?

On the day of your anesthesia/sedation appointment, the Dr and/or anesthesiologist will review Post-op instructions with you to maximize the comfort and recovery from dental treatment. This includes drinking plenty of clear liquids, maintaining a soft, tepid diet, and providing pain relief when needed.