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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Children's Sedation

For many children, visiting the dentist is a frightening concept. From needles to drills, the experience can cause a great deal of anxiety for them. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience for them though. With sedation dentistry at your Newnan dentist, your child can receive important dental care they need while remaining completely relaxed and calm.

If your child suffers from "dental phobia," let us help. It's A Small World offers several sedation options to help ease your child’s anxiety.

Oral Medication

Now one of the most popular anesthetic procedures used, oral medication provides a safe, convenient way to create a comfortable dental experience for your child with no needle use required. When using oral medication, the doctor will prescribe medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding what medication your child will receive.

  • Before your child’s appointment, please notify us of any medications your child is currently taking or changes in their health. If your child is ill, please let us know. It may be necessary to postpone the appointment.
  • Make sure your child doesn’t eat solid food for at least six hours prior to their appointment and only drinks clear liquids for up to four hours beforehand.
  • The child's parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the complete procedure.
  • Once the medication is administered and your child’s treatment begins, they will slip into and remain in a tranquil state until the treatment is finished, remembering little of what happened.
  • After the procedure, monitor your child closely. Because their mouth is still numb from local anesthetic after their treatment, children tend to chew on their lips, cheeks and tongue, as well as scratch their face. Observe your child carefully so they don’t cause injury to these areas.
  • Your child can sleep afterwards, but lay them on their side with their chin up, and wake them every hour. Encourage them to drink fluids to avoid dehydration. When eating after the procedure, their first meal should be easily digestible.

Nitrous Oxide

Probably the most common form of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is an excellent, safe way to remove your child’s anxiety and provide a peaceful dental visit. In this process:

  • An inhaler which releases the gas is placed over your child’s nose.
  • Within a few moments, they will experience a serene, calm feeling which will continue throughout the procedure until the gas is removed.
  • After the procedure is complete, the gas wears off quickly with no side effects.

Compassionate care in a pain-free environment is what It's A Small World in Newnan believes in.  If you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry for your child, or would like to make an appointment for them, please call 770-502-9733 today.