What Is Sedation Dentistry?
WHY SEDATION FOR KIDS?
We get it, some kids love the dentist and some are pretty scared. That doesn’t mean they can’t receive top-notch, comfortable care.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Various forms of sedation have different effects, but the basic principle is that your child may feel drowsy and calm. This allows Dr. Juntgen to more quickly and comfortably complete treatment while your child is relaxed.
IS IT SAFE?
In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, all sedation patients are carefully selected and monitored. Dr. Juntgen has advanced training in sedation and pediatric advanced life support to ensure the safest treatment.
Your child’s anxiety is reduced so they can enjoy a relaxing visit. With sedation, Dr. Juntgen is able to perform dentistry on even the most anxious patients. Also, it helps moms and dads feel calmer knowing their child is relaxed and enjoying their visit.
Types of Sedation
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is delivered through a nasal hood (aka the “hero mask or elephant trunk”). This gas medication can be scented and is easily inhaled through your child’s nose. This type of light sedation is ideal for reducing movement, relieving discomfort, and prolonging your child’s attention span during long appointments.
Administered orally, this mild medication comes in either a pill form (for older patients) or a banana or grape-flavored liquid (for younger patients). Your child takes the medication prior to their treatment and feels a sense of relaxation. Our team continuously monitors your child throughout the entire appointment.
Dr. Juntgen may recommend providing care in an operating room under general anesthesia. Occasionally this is the safest form of treatment for a more extensive case or medically compromised patient. For your convenience, all operating room cases are completed in the adjoining St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.
Love, Love, LOVE everyone at Hamilton County Pediatric Dentistry!!! They have always taken wonderful care of my children. My oldest daughter had special needs and required a lot of extra care and hands available...they were fabulous with her. They did everything possible to make sure it was the best possible experience. I can't say enough good things about this practice. I highly recommend them to anyone!
Diane S. (Actual Patient's Mom)