Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
In San Diego

Safe & Comfortable Care

Sedation dentistry

We know that kids are often scared, nervous, or uncomfortable with the idea of seeing a pediatric dentist in San Diego, particularly for treatments like fillings, crowns, or other such procedures. That’s why Dr. Wendy offers gentle, caring treatment in San Diego, as well as a wide variety of sedation options for kids. If you believe your child could benefit from sedation during their treatment, just contact us to learn more about your options and schedule an appointment.

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Relax With Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) sedation is our preferred sedation method for most kids. That’s because it helps your child feel happy and less anxious, and also reduces any sensations of discomfort. Along with numbing, laughing gas is ideal for most dental procedures.

The best thing about laughing gas is that it wears off quickly. Once your child’s procedure is over, they’ll be back to normal in about 5 minutes. They may feel a little confused, dizzy, or nauseated, but this will pass quickly, so you and your little one can get back to your normal day-to-day routines.

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Deep Sedation For Kids

IV Sedation

We also offer IV sedation. This method of sedation is often a good choice for children with special needs or behavioral issues, or for kids who are just very nervous or scared of their appointment.

In this treatment, powerful anti-anxiety medications will be delivered through an IV bag directly into their bloodstream. These will make your child very groggy and sleepy, and they will probably forget the entire procedure. 

It’s important to note, though, that IV sedation is not general anesthesia. Your child won’t be “knocked out.” They may fall asleep, but they will still be conscious and responsive to commands.

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The Benefits Of

Sedation Dentistry

Firstly and most importantly, sedation dentistry helps your child relax, stay calm, and enjoy a smoother appointment at Sprouting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. This is really important, since difficult dental experiences in kids can contribute to future dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry is also a good option for kids who may have trouble sitting still, or will be uncomfortable during a longer dental appointment. When your child is sedated, Dr. Wendy and our team can usually work more efficiently, which leads to better overall patient outcomes.

Sedation is also really helpful for kids who are afraid of needles. Even kids without dental anxiety may be afraid of numbing needles, and sedation helps them relax and stay calm while they get the numbing shots they need.

Finally, sedation even helps reduce strong gag reflexes, which are common in kids. This can be really beneficial if Dr. Wendy needs to work on a rear tooth.

Is My Child A Good Candidate

For Sedation Dentistry?

In most cases, the answer is “yes,” especially for nitrous oxide sedation. However, Dr. Wendy will still need to discuss your child’s health with you before they can be sedated. She will need to know about their medical history, medications and supplements they’re taking, allergies, and other information to ensure they can be safely sedated at Sprouting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.

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