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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry – Wylie, TX

Helping Children Feel Comfortable in the Treatment Chair

Child resting after pediatric sedation dentistry visit

Anxiety relief methods have been implemented by pedodontic dentists for decades. The ultimate goal is to make the young patient relaxed, cooperative and safe while performing any dental procedures. We use various methods of sedation at Wylie Children’s Dentistry, and we combine these treatments with proper education for both the children and their parents. This type of approach allows children to attend each of their appointments without fear thanks to gentle care and pediatric sedation dentistry in our Wylie, TX children's dental office.

Why Choose Wylie Children's Dentistry
for Pediatric Sedation Dentistry?

  • We Offer Dentistry for Children
    with Special Needs
  • We Accept
    Dental Insurance
  • Safe Dental Sedation
    Administered by a Professional

IV Dental Sedation

Dental team member setting up I V dental sedation drip

If your child requires deep sedation due to extreme dental fear or extensive and difficult dental treatment, we have a board-certified, medical anesthesiologist (M.D.) who provides IV Sedation on-site, so other travel isn’t necessary. We always adhere to the special safety guidelines for anesthesia administration that were set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.

IV Sedation is used in situations where a child has extensive dental treatment needs, they are too young of an age to cooperate, for very difficult procedures, severe dental anxiety and in cases of previous traumatic experiences.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dentist using nitrous oxide dental sedation system

Nitrous oxide sedation, more commonly known as laughing gas, is a great way to help children who experience fear, anxiety, or who have trouble sitting still in the treatment chair, feel relaxed, comfortable, and at-ease whenever they visit their pediatric dentist. The effects only take a moment to kick-in, and after waiting 15 to 30 minutes for them to wear off after their treatment, they can carry on with the rest of their day as they normally would. Throughout the entire process, your child will be monitored by Dr. Pearson and one of our trained staff members for your peace of mind.

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Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Child resting after oral conscious dental sedation visit

For children, a trip to the dentist can be scary. While we will always use a gentle touch whenever we work with your child, some children tend to be more anxious than others and may need a little extra help to relax in our dentist’s chair. We offer oral conscious sedation to help your child overcome dental fears and receive the care they need without upset and anxiety.

Nitrous oxide can be administered separately or in combination with oral medication in our dental office prior to any dental treatment for young patients with apprehension. Your child’s medical history is carefully examined to prevent any drug interactions.

Oral sedation dentistry for your child’s dental anxiety is simple. We will provide you with a pill or liquid medication that they can take once they arrive at our dental office. Your child will probably be sleepy after taking the pill, but they will be able to respond. Afterward, they might not even remember much about the visit! We can use oral sedation to qualm your child’s dental fears while we perform fillings, crowns, or even just routine cleanings.

The recovery time varies individually, and parents or guardians may be required to remain in the dental office until all vital signs are positive and to alleviate any possibility of post-operative complications. The entire treatment is supervised and monitored by our team.

Sedation FAQs

Questions about sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a great option to keep young patients comfortable while sitting in the dental chair. However, there's a lot of misinformation about sedation for children. Don't worry if you have a few concerns. Your sedation dentist in Wylie will explain everything to ease any apprehensions. In the meantime, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Is sedation dentistry safe for children?

Contrary to what you might have heard, dental sedation is safe for patients of all ages when administered by a trained professional. Your child's pediatric dentist will learn more about their medical history and any medications they are taking to ensure there's no risk of adverse complications. Our dental team will monitor your child closely during their appointment. Every situation differs, but nitrous oxide is the safest for most patients.

Will my child feel any pain with sedation dentistry?

Your child’s comfort is our top priority. A local numbing agent can be used along with nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation to block any pain signals. If your little one requires IV sedation, they'll sleep comfortably during their appointment. Although they won't feel anything during their procedure, some treatments can cause mild tenderness, which can be managed using an OTC pain reliever suitable for their age. Their dentist may have additional aftercare instructions to prevent discomfort, like eating softer foods.

Does dental sedation make you tell secrets?

You've probably watched a few videos of teens acting goofy after getting their wisdom teeth removed, but dental sedation isn't a truth serum. If your child says anything out of the ordinary, it won't leave the dental room. We treat every patient with the utmost respect and integrity.

Will dental sedation put my child to sleep?

It depends on the sedative used. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation will not put your child to sleep; however, they can reach a deep level of relaxation that may cause them to doze off. They can be awakened easily to respond to the dentist, but it's unlikely they will remember much of their appointment. On the other hand, IV sedation will cause them to drift off into a peaceful sleep, but they'll awaken within a few minutes of the sedative being stopped. As a result, they will have no memory of the procedure.

Is sedation dentistry expensive?

There’s no flat fee for sedation dentistry because various factors affect the cost, like the type of sedative and the amount administered. Generally, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedatives have a lower cost than IV sedation; however, every case differs. Your dental insurance can also affect the cost. Often, sedation is considered a “luxury,” but there are expectations. Patients with underlying health issues, complex treatments, or other special needs can use their coverage to offset the cost. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize any appropriate benefits. If there’s any remaining balance, they will also review your payment options, like third-party financing. You can make monthly payments with little or no interest based on your credit approval.