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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry

Trained to Handle Dental Anxiety

Making your child feel safe and comfortable during their dental treatments and procedures is a commitment of our entire team at Seattle Kids Dentistry. Our office offers behavior modification techniques, which is most common when a child needs a lot of dental treatment, when a more difficult dental procedure is needed for a pre-cooperative child or when a child is especially anxious or behaviorally challenged.

Our team is trained in working with anxious children and if the parent lets us connect with them we have the techniques to ‘win them over’ slowly with patience and persistence.

If your child is a little more anxious than normal, we can offer safe sedation options. Sometimes, no matter how fun and relaxing our office is, your child may need some help feeling comfortable – and that is okay! During restorative dental work, like extractions or fillings, or cleanings that may take longer, we have the proper anesthetics to make sure your child does not feel any pain.

Our Sedation Methods

Depending on the treatment or procedure, different safe sedation options may be offered. All of our sedation options are safe, effective, and comfortable for your child. Depending on the child’s unique needs and the parent’s preferences, we work with the family to determine which treatment option would be best suited to their child.

We offer the following sedation options:

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas): If necessary we can offer inhalation sedation with laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide Sedation) to help with a positive dental experience.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: For a child that is more anxious we offer oral sedation where a medication is given by the mouth to make the child feel slightly drowsy and we can accomplish the treatment with them being more cooperative.
  • General Anesthesia: For extensive needs, we offer in-office general anesthesia where we have a licensed anesthesiologist come to our office once per month to help keep the child comfortably asleep while the dental team can then administer all the treatment needed in a safe and calm environment. The child wakes up having no memory of the appointment and all their work done and this becomes a great starting point to start to work on prevention again.

Schedule an Appointment With Seattle Kids Dentistry

With safe sedation methods and relaxing techniques, we can provide your child with a positive dental experience. As your child grows, having positive feelings about their dentist will encourage them to have healthy dental habits, meaning fewer dental issues when they are adults.

If you are searching for a dentist that is committed to providing exceptional dental care in a comforting environment, please schedule an appointment with our compassionate providers at Seattle Kids Dentistry.