Although none of the dentists at Desert Dental are Pediatric Specialists, Children’s Dentistry is provided via non-intimidating routines. For instance, at the first appointment, a “connection” is established with the child and parent. Depending on what type of behavior the child exhibits, a method of “safe” behavior management is agreed upon with the guardian. The following are some examples of how we deliver “no fear” dental care.
Nitrous oxide sedation has provided a great benefit for many dental patients. It is effective for patients who are cooperative but somewhat anxious. It can provide a gentle introduction to operative dentistry to young, anxious patients.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. Nitrous oxide is mild, easily taken and it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Conscious Sedation (IV Sedation)
Conscious sedation aids in allowing a child to cope better with dental treatment. This can help prevent injury to the child from patient movement and promote a better environment for providing dental care. Conscious sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.
There are a variety of different medications which can be used for conscious sedation. Although Dr. Benjamin caries a permit for this type of sedation, he strongly believes that a Medical Anesthesiologist should be administering the drugs and monitoring the child while the Dentistry is performed.