Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Pediatric Dentistry in Rochester, NY

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Sedation Dentistry services offered in Rochester, NY

Sedation dentistry allows your child to relax in a stress-free environment when they visit the dentist. At Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Rochester, New York, board-certified pediatric dentist Abrahim Caroci, DMD, offers sedation techniques, such as nitrous oxide, to keep your child comfortable. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to promote relaxation at the dentist’s office. Anxiety is common when visiting the dentist, particularly in young children. Sedation techniques allow your child time to feel safe and comfortable in their dentist’s chair. 

The team at Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics may recommend sedation dentistry if your child has a dental phobia or is set to undergo a procedure, such as a filling.

What is the most common sedation dentistry technique?

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless gas that your child can inhale to relax. The team places a mask over your child’s nose and asks them to breathe in to inhale the gas. Within minutes, your child may feel relaxed, giggly, lightheaded, or sleepy. 

Unlike some other types of sedation, nitrous oxide doesn’t put your child to sleep. It’s the mildest form of sedation that has the fewest side effects.

Why should my child try sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help reduce the anxiety and unease that some children experience before visiting the dentist. You should consider sedation dentistry for your child if they:

  • Are fearful of visiting the dentist
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Struggle to sit still for long periods of time
  • Have special needs
  • Need extensive dental work
  • Have sensitive teeth

Nitrous oxide is a gentle tool to encourage more positive experiences with the dentist. It’s particularly helpful if your child is reluctant to attend dental visits or struggles to maintain good oral hygiene at home. A more relaxed setting can help promote more frequent visits that ultimately improve their overall oral health.

How long does it take for nitrous oxide to wear off in sedation dentistry?

What makes nitrous oxide ideal for children is its ability to wear off quickly. Its sedative effects may wear off in as little as five minutes. Most children don’t experience serious side effects, but lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea are common shortly after treatment.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.