Sedation Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist Fort Myers

Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help you relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help patients with severe dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your individual needs. Sedation allows your body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if you need complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents your muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.

In every case, your sedation is closely monitored by experienced dental professionals who ensure your safety and comfort.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of the nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, your child will be fully alert.

General Anesthesia

With general anesthesia, provided at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, your child will be unconscious and unable to respond during dental procedures. In this unconscious state, they will not feel any pain and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear, which is why many patients ask about using general anesthesia. The effects typically wear off after a few hours. 

Your child’s safety is our top priority. At your child’s appointment, be sure to tell us:

  • Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications your child is taking
  • Any herbal or nutritional supplements your child using
  • Any allergies your child may have, particularly medication reactions
  • Any health conditions your child has
  • Any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s treatment or about sedation dentistry

For more information about using sedation dentistry with your next treatment, contact Little-BIG Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.