At Pediatric Dentistry of Lewisburg, we specialize in making your child feel comfortable and special. Our staff will support your child in a gentle and caring manner to ensure his/her comfort. Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment.
We are able to make dental treatments comfortable for your child by using adjuncts such as nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, or even general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide is very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen (a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide) is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is a non-addictive and mild sedative. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and produces a calming effect. Normal breathing quickly eliminates it from the body. Your child remains fully conscious, and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. This is used for all patients receiving local anesthesia (Lidocaine) and for those patients that have a strong gag reflex.
Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medication to allow a child to better cope with dental treatment. This can help prevent injury to the child by reducing patient movement and promotes a better environment for providing dental care. Sedation is safe when administered by a trained pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric Dentistry of Lewisburg has taken extreme measures to assure the utmost safety for your child. Many different medications can be used for conscious sedation. Dr. Jay will discuss which option is best for your child. A medical consultation will be faxed to your child's physician prior to the sedation appointment.
Children with severe anxiety and/or an inability to cooperate are candidates for general anesthesia. These children may be young, have compromised health, or special needs. They often require extensive dental treatment and their anxiety cannot be controlled with conscious sedation techniques in the dental office.
General anesthesia is done in a hospital setting administered by a physician trained in anesthesia. This allows your child to be asleep while receiving dental care. In most circumstances your child's dental work will be completed in one morning appointment.