Sedation DentistrySedation Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ

At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that some of our young patients are anxious about getting dental treatments. We’ve carefully designed a comfortable and exciting space your child will enjoy. We also offer dental sedation options to ensure your child is relaxed while receiving the highest level of care.  

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using medications to create a calm state to help children relax while receiving their needed dental care. It allows for safe and stress-free dental treatments while lessening the fear of future dental visits. At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, we’re known for our sedation dentistry expertise and have been proudly delivering exceptional, gentle care to children in our community for over 50 years. 

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Who Would Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Dental sedation is helpful for any patient needing a little help to relax in the dentist’s chair. It’s especially helpful for the following:

  • Children with high anxiety levels or dental phobia
  • Children with heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Children who require extensive, lengthy treatments
  • Children who have a strong gag reflex
  • Children with past traumatic dental experiences
  • Children who can’t sit still for any length of time
  • Children who have special health care needs or are medically compromised

What Are the Types of Dental Sedation?

At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, we offer several types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia. We will evaluate your child’s unique needs and recommend the form of sedation needed to provide safe and comfortable care. 

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, involves breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen through a mask. The calming effects should begin within three to five minutes. We will control the level of sedation and adjust the dosages as needed throughout the procedure. Your child will remain calm and responsive to directions. Once we remove the mask, the effects of the laughing gas will wear off completely, allowing your child to resume normal activities or return to school after treatment. 

Oral Conscious Sedation: At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, we are recognized as specialists and experts in administering oral conscious sedation. Also known as twilight sedation, this form of sedation involves using an oral medication before treatment to induce a relaxed state. Your child may fall asleep but can be awakened with a gentle nudge. Most of our young patients have no recollection of their treatment. The effects of oral conscious sedation may take some time to wear off, so you’ll need to monitor your child closely for the remainder of the day.  

General Anesthesia: We offer general anesthesia in-office under the care of a highly trained anesthesiologist. It is often indicated for children requiring extensive dental procedures, those with extreme dental anxiety, and children with special needs. Your child will be asleep and will have no recollection of the treatment. General anesthesia takes some time to wear off, so have your child rest for the remainder of the day. 

Visit North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about our sedation dentistry options designed to help your child relax while receiving outstanding dental care. Our team is committed to providing a dental practice where you and your child feel comfortable and at ease.

Sedation Dentistry Near Me in Phoenix, AZ

If your child has dental anxiety or any unique needs, North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. We invite you to contact our office at 602-864-1080 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!