We want all children to have a positive dental experience – this way they will understand the importance of visiting the dentist and taking care of their teeth. We focus on oral health education to best help your child develop a lifetime of healthy smile habits.
Although we strive to be a preventative-based practice, we understand that there are times when other dental treatment may be needed—sometimes extensive dental work. In these cases, sedation may be recommended.
Every child is unique, and sedation recommendations will differ based on to the child’s dental needs, age, medical history or behavior.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is beloved by our many dentistry patients for a variety of reasons:
- One major benefit of sedation dentistry is that, in most cases, children requiring several dental treatments can have all of their needed treatment completed in one visit.
- Reduces the anxiety a child feels about coming to the dentist or undergoing treatment.
- Helps to facilitate a positive behavior pattern of routine dental visits for young children.
Laughing gas is a common and effective dental sedation option that allows your child to stay awake but also relax during their visit. Laughing gas helps relieve children of their dental anxieties and fear of the dentist while allowing our specialists to tend to their dental needs. Laughing gas is completely safe for children and the effects wear off very quickly.
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is administered via a needle into the vein. This sedation dentistry method works fast and is safe and effective for patients. Children will feel comfortable while sedated and will be able to breathe on their own. Once the procedure has concluded, patients typically report having little to no memory of their dental treatment.
On certain occasions, mild sedation methods may not be enough. The good news is, there is another option: Dental treatment can be provided while your child is given a general anesthetic by a physician (anesthesiologist). Outpatient general anesthesia is often appropriate for children who are extremely apprehensive, or if the child requires extensive dental work.
Treatment is performed in a hospital operating room while your child is completely asleep. An anesthetic gas is given to your child through a breathing tube that will keep them asleep during the procedure.
Schedule a Sedation Dentistry Appointment in Northern Kentucky
As pediatric dentists, our doctors have additional training and are licensed and qualified to treat your child while sedated. Prior to the use of any type of sedative, they will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this treatment.
Please do not hesitate to ask us about the various options for sedation and how it may apply to your child’s individual situation. We want to help you and your child have the best experience possible.
For questions about sedation dentistry for children or to schedule an appointment, simply call, text, or contact us using the form on this page. We have office locations serving Crestview Hills, Burlington, and Cold Spring, KY.