52 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 525-6626

Sedation Dentistry

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We recognize that some of our young patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that your child has 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 having a beautiful, healthy smile.

Customized sedation dentistry that is safe and effective

There are different types of sedation dentistry, and working together, you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care they need while ensuring comfort every step of the way.

How sedation dentistry works

Oral Sedation

About an hour before treatment begins, your child will be given a small pill to help them relax. When you arrive at our practice, our staff will be waiting for you and will escort you and your child to a private treatment room.

Inhaled Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Administered through a small mask that fits over your child's nose, it is an effective way to calm anxiety, raise pain threshold, and may even make time seem like it’s passing faster than usual. At the end of the appointment, all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear so your child can resume normal activities immediately.

Common questions about sedation dentistry

We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry.

  • Will my child feel anything during 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; however, they will be a deep state of relaxation.

  • Is sedation dentistry safe?
  • Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental 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 received, how long the treatment is, and how quick your child's body can recover.

  • Is my child a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

    Any patients who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If your child has any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor 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
    • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
    • Can't handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist's office
    • Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
    • Require a more complex dental treatment
    • Feel self-conscious about your teeth
    • Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment

If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your family's needs.

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