When Is Sedation Dentistry Used?

When pain is too much

Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. This procedure is also most appropriate for patients with fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. If your child has a low pain threshold, has very sensitive teeth, or cannot sit still on the dentist’s chair, sedation may be the best choice for your child.

When treatment is too complex

Sometimes, sedation is needed when there is a significant amount of oral and dental work to be done, such as oral surgeries. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.

Our Sedation Dentistry Services

Small procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The most common form of sedation our clinic uses is nitrous oxide or laughing gas. This is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose and the child is usually awake the entire appointment but is much more relaxed and comfortable.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe and effective technique to help relax your child during treatment.

Slightly more involved procedures in certain children will require the use of an oral medication along with nitrous oxide to help relax your child and facilitate cooperation with the procedure. These procedures are scheduled carefully and we require your child to be fasting  the morning of the procedure, and also be free of any respiratory symptoms in the two weeks before the procedure. Often we ask that two adults be present so that one is able to sit in the back seat with your child on the drive home. Most patients walk out of their appointments that day and are back in school the following day for minimal time away from school.

For more complex or lengthy dental procedures, or for children with dental fears or special needs, IV sedation dentistry may be the best choice. Usually we are able to complete all of the necessary treatment in one appointment. Our on-staff pediatric anesthesiologist (MD) will administer and monitor your child’s sedation during the entire procedure to ensure the utmost safety for your child. Our patients typically don’t remember the procedures and usually walk out of our office afterwards! This is yet another safe, but highly effective way we can provide necessary pediatric dental care to our patients.

Why Choose Our Sedation Dentistry Services

• Your child’s safety is guaranteed

Our office guarantees safety throughout your child’s dental appointment. We provide a safe, state of the art pediatric dental facility with the latest technology and safety precautions available, and treat each child as if he or she was our own.

• Our experts are certified

Our board certified pediatric dentist in Atlanta, GA (Dr. Wesley Powell) works with Anesthesia Consultants of Georgia all of which are board certified pediatric anesthesiologists who provide our IV sedation services on-site in our North Lake office surgery suite. Our clinic is fully equipped with all of our necessary medical equipment for the utmost safety of your child. Our staff is fully trained to provide the highest level of care for our patients.

• Our soothing environment helps ease the fear

Complex dental treatments are usually noisy and may irritate the child with the sounds of the devices. In our, office we help the patient ease the anxiety and stress by providing a very soothing, fun  environment and our staff recognizes that some children may have fears that require special attention. We all love our office environment that provides a fun atmosphere with toys, salt water aquariums, and an in-office movie theater for kids of all ages. In this way, we re-focus the child’s attention from thinking about the procedure to watching their favorite animated movie, and having a memorable, fun dental visit!

Should you wish to consult with Dr. Powell and ask your questions about our sedation dentistry services, please call 404-252-5900, or send an email to DrPowell@ChildTeen.com.

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Elite smiles is the best option for our kids in the Chastain area. We’ve taken our kids to a few practices and none had the level of care that Dr. Powell and his team offer.

Lauren H.