Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry In Antioch, California

As we all know, no two children are ever exactly alike and for parents of children with special needs or high anxiety, a trip to the dentist can be a very uncomfortable task. At Northshore Kids Dental, we use a specialized form of sedation for patients that require it. Sedation Dentistry can be a bit concerning for parents, but rest assured, Dr. Goyal at Northshore Kids Dental has many years of experience and ongoing training in managing sedation during procedures. We offer an array of sedation options and monitoring throughout the procedure to ensure your child is kept safe.

Sedation Dentistry May Be a Viable Option for You if Your Child Has Experienced:


Sedation Dentistry with Laughing Gas or Nitrous Oxide

One of the more well-known Sedation Dentistry practices is with the use of Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas. This form of sedation has actually been around since 1844 and continues to be used to this day for its ability to allow the patient to completely relax. At Northshore Kids Dental, we generally use Nitrous Oxide as a first resort. The process requires the child to simply breath in this safe gas and slowly come to a relaxed state. Laughing Gas is not affective on all patients including those with higher-than-normal anxiety levels, patients that have nasal congestion, or those undergoing an intensely invasive procedure.

When opting for Nitrous Oxide, the child can listen to music or even watch a movie to help keep anxiety levels down. Food should be limited before undergoing this form of sedation to help reduce the risk of dizziness and post procedure, the parent should monitor their child for any biting of the treated area. Northshore Kids Dental has helped many children enjoy a pain free and anxiety free visit to the dentist with the use of Laughing Gas for dental sedation.

Intravenous Sedation for Children in Southern California

If sedation through nitrous oxide is not affective, dentists at Northshore Kids Dental may opt for IV or Intravenous Sedation for your child. This form of dental sedation is often recommended for children who experience the highest levels of anxiety during procedures or those that require extensive treatments during a dental visit. The procedure is completely safe and at Northshore Kids Dental, we employ a licensed anesthesiologist to ensure every child remains safe and comfortable throughout a procedure. Oxygen levels and heart rate are continually monitored during the process.

Once your child wakes up from the IV, they will feel numb, so you should monitor for any accidental biting of the treatment area. Additionally, Northshore Kids Dental recommends that you limit outdoor activities for at least 24 hours to ensure your child feels no dizziness or injures themselves while playing. If you notice prolonged dizziness or nausea after 24 hours, contact 911 and our anesthesiologist at the office.