Each child deals with a dentist appointment differently. Some kids are pretty calm and easy going, but others have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist. For more anxious children, we offer sedation dentistry.
Safe sedation dentistry for children
At Jet Set Smiles, we use a variety of relaxation tools and techniques to help your child have a comfortable and fun experience. For children who are especially nervous about their visit or have difficulty sitting still, our north Phoenix pediatric dentists offer sedation options appropriate for children.
Laughing gas – the most common pediatric sedation
Many mildly anxious children respond very well to “happy air” or “laughing gas” – nitrous oxide/oxygen. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes nitrous oxide/oxygen as safe and effective for treating children. We place a mask gently over the nose and the child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma. They will remain awake and alert and can communicate easily. Beneficial effects of nitrous oxide include:
- More relaxed, less anxiety
- Reduced pain
- Appointments seem shorter, easier to sit still
- Less awareness and fear of dental instruments – mask blocks the view
Oral conscious sedation
Some children or treatments may require medication to lightly sedate the child. We determine which medicine to use based on your child’s overall health, level of anxiety and dental treatment. Oral sedation medication can take up to an hour to become effective. Most children become relaxed and sometimes drift into a light sleep, but they can be easily aroused.
When treatment is required for a serious dental condition, or in certain special situations, our north Phoenix pediatric dentists may recommend general anesthesia to ensure a safe and comfortable treatment. We’ll discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia and why we’re recommending it for your child.
Before choosing the sedation method
At the time of your appointment, we’ll ask you if your child is on any medications or if your child has respiratory conditions such as allergies or sinus congestion that make breathing through the nose difficult. These may affect the choice of sedation our north Phoenix pediatric dentist recommends.
Everything Jet Set Smiles does revolves around our young patients and helping them remain calm and secure. We want your child to have a positive experience every time they visit!
Looking for a gentle, friendly pediatric dentist in north Phoenix, north Scottsdale, Carefree, Desert Ridge, Tatum Highlands, Cave Creek or Pinnacle Peak, AZ? Your child deserves the highest quality care for their dental health. Call Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. 480.284.5076
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For gentle, friendly, child dental care, call Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 623.322.2277.
Serving infants, toddlers, kids and teens in the Deer Valley, Glendale, Arrowhead Ranch and surrounding areas.