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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Find out how your child might benefit from getting sedation dentistry during their next procedure. 

Once children turn one, it’s important that they start visiting their pediatric dentist regularly for routine checkups. Of course, when dental pain or other problems occur it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to right away for treatment. Our Post Falls, ID, pediatric dentist Dr. Brad Barlow understands that some dental procedures and emergency dental problems can seem scary. Our goal is to ensure that your child feels safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. One way in which we do this is through sedation dentistry.


What is sedation dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry is a form of medication that helps your child feel relaxed and less anxious during dental care. Sedation dentistry should not be confused with “sleep dentistry”. Your child will be awake throughout the procedure but will experience a profound sense of calm. Sedation can make some children sleepy or groggy and they may not remember parts of the procedure; however, this is not the same as the effects that a patient will experience under general anesthesia.

Our Post Falls, ID, children’s dentist provides nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”. One benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects are felt immediately but also disappear not long after the oxygen mask is removed so they won’t feel groggy or tired for hours after.


When is sedation dentistry used? 

Sedation dentistry is a great option for children who are particularly nervous about visiting the dentist. A child who is stressed out may fidget and squirm, which can make it more challenging to perform a dental procedure, resulting in a longer treatment than necessary. Sedation dentistry can help your child feel more relaxed, which also means a faster and easier procedure.

Whether it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental visit or you have questions about sedation dentistry, don’t hesitate to call Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Post Falls, ID, today. We would be happy to assist you.

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