We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Dr. Rosenfeld and staff work hard to make sure that your child have a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent your child from having the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve.
Customized sedation dentistry that is safe and effective
There are different types of sedation dentistry, which you and Dr. Rosenfeld will discuss in order to establish a personalized treatment plan. The goal is to give your child the care he/she needs while ensuring their comfort every step of the way.
How sedation dentistry works
Our anesthesiologist will gently place an IV and administer medication to begin the sedation process. Once treatment is complete, your child will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment and enjoy a beautiful new smile. Using sedation dentistry, we may be able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand that you may have many questions about sedation dentistry before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry:
- Will my child feel anything during my treatment? In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious? No. Your child will still be conscious and responsive but will be in a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe? Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Rosenfeld will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your child’s treatment.
- How long will it take the sedation to wear off? The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose your child has received, duration of treatment, and how quickly your child’s body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is recommended that parents prepare for this in advance.
- Is my child a good candidate for sedation dentistry? Any patient, from toddler to adolescent, who experiences dental anxiety, is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If your child has anxiety or concerns, ask Dr. Rosenfeld about sedation dentistry as an option for their next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist’s office
- Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Need for a more complex dental treatment
- Self-consciousness about one’s teeth
- Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry at their next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your child’s needs.