As a pediatric office, we here at Chula Vista Smiles understand the importance of providing safe and comfortable treatment. Some children experience anxiety associated with the dentist, which is why we offer sedation with our procedures. Besides our kid-friendly environment, sedation dentistry can help your child have a more enjoyable trip to our office.
The type of sedation your child needs depends on the severity of their dental phobias. There are three levels of sedation: minimal, moderate, and deep. Regardless of the level, you can rest assured knowing we follow ADA guidelines to ensure the safety of the procedure. The following information can help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for your child.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is perhaps the most popular form of sedation in dentistry. This odorless, tasteless gas is administered through a face mask that we place over the nose. Once it takes effect, it produces feelings of euphoria that will help your child relax.
Nitrous oxide is popular because it takes and loses effect faster than any other sedation. The gas is also very safe, as we can control the level of sedation in a matter of seconds. Like other types of sedation, nitrous oxide is often used in tandem with local anesthetic.
General anesthesia, in which your child is completely unconscious, is typically only used during complex oral surgery. The administration of general anesthesia requires the assistance of an anesthesiologist to monitor vital signs. In some cases, we may also suggest general anesthesia if your child has severe phobias that would otherwise prevent us from treating them. Be sure to ask questions and voice any concerns during their initial appointment.
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If you think your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, you have come to the right place. Dr. Ilse Savelli and the rest of our team have undergone extensive training for the safe and effective administration of sedation. Call 619-427-1315 to schedule your child’s appointment today!
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