Sedation Dentistry

We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Hart to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for children who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment
I am nervous about my child unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to my child?

There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry for your child at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are two sedative states at which Dr. Hart can administer your child’s treatment: mild sedation or deep sedation.

  • Mild Sedation – Anxiolysis is the lightest for of sedation dentistry and is often used for children with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. Your child remains awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on their own, but they will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
  • Deep Sedation –  Patients receiving deep sedation are unconscious during their dental procedure and are unable to respond to commands. Deep sedation is administered by a dental anesthesiologist or M.D. anesthesiologist. Children often have no recollection of the treatment. It is recommended that children who receive deep sedation have a parent or guardian accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off.
How are sedatives administered?

Inhalation – Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild ot moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation method may be right for your child.