Sedation and Hospital Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Sedation

We offer several different sedation options for dental treatment. Whether children are apprehensive from previous medical/dental experiences, they need extensive restorative care at a young age, or they have special needs, we have the expertise and means to make sure they receive the dental treatment they require with the help of sedation.

Nitrous Oxide:

Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” has both anxiolytic (reduces anxiety) and analgesic (reduces pain) effects, making it an excellent tool for dentistry. It is a mild sedative that is safe for most people and will not cause your child to sleep. Children use a custom flavored nose mask containing a mixture of nitrous oxide and pure oxygen to help them feel comfortable and calm during treatment. Once the nitrous oxide is turned off, the children breathe 100% oxygen through their masks for at least 5 minutes until the effects are gone. Once they leave the office the nitrous is effectively out of their bodies.

In-Office IV Sedation:

Our office includes an on-staff Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist who performs deep or intravenous (IV) sedation for our patients with more extensive needs. This involves IV medications that help your child sleep through the dental procedures. The anesthesiologist and her team monitor your child's heart rate, heart rhythm, blood pressure during the entire procedure to ensure maximum safety. IV Sedations are only performed after thorough medical assessment and approval are completed by your child's pediatrician. All treatment can be performed at one appointment under IV sedation.

Hospital Dentistry:

Dr. Zaeni maintains active operating room privileges with Kaiser Hospitals. If your child has medical insurance through Kaiser, his/her dental treatments can be done under general anesthesia using Kaiser anesthesia professionals in the outpatient surgery center. All treatment would then be completed at one time while your child is sleeping in a controlled and closely-monitored hospital setting.

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