Sedation dentistry can be a great benefit to children and teenagers in Greater Springfield, Illinois who would otherwise be anxious and fearful during dental treatment. With local anesthetics and sedation dentistry, it is possible for your child to have a dental experience free of anxiety and pain. Following are the types of sedation offered at Springfield Pediatric Dentistry:
Inhalation Conscious Sedation — Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years and is a very good anti-anxiety medication. It is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over the nose. The laughing gas provides a euphoric feeling which wears off quickly, so there is no lasting effect, and it is very safe.
Oral Conscious Sedation — Oral sedation (given by mouth usually in liquid form) is a popular option for many patients. A variety of oral sedatives and anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) medications have been developed through extensive research and testing to make your child's dental experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Some even have amnesic properties, meaning your child may remember little to nothing, even though they are conscious throughout the treatment. During sedation appointments, patients are monitored with specialized equipment throughout the treatment for their safety.
General Anesthesia- Some children, because of their need for extensive treatment, anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, disabilities, or medical conditions, benefit from dental treatment under general anesthesia. Dr. Govindaiah provides this treatment at ambulatory surgery center or at Children's Hospital. Prior to dental treatment, scheduled visits to a pediatrician and the day surgery department are required.
Dr. Govindaiah will discuss with you the different options available and will answer all of your questions.