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Children's Center for Dentistry
GREGORY DIETZ DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Sedation Dentistry

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Most parents have plenty of questions about their children’s healthcare, and we invite your questions and concerns.

We’ve compiled a selection of questions that parents often ask us about our practice, our services, and pediatric dentistry in general. Take a look through and see if your questions are answered here.

If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like additional information, you’re always welcome to give us a call at 309-827-KIDS(5437) or email us using our convenient online form.

 

Children's Sedation Dentistry

Yes!

Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is a safe, effective sedation option that can be used to help children who are nervous have a pleasant, relaxing, comfortable dental experience.

Oral sedation dentistry offers a higher level of sedation for adults and children who experience dental anxiety or need to be kept still to perform a more extensive dental procedure. If oral sedation is chosen as the right option for your child, Dr. Greg will provide the medication, which is taken by mouth, to your child at the appointment. This medication will calm and relax your child as well as dull the sensations of the dental office.

Dr. Greg will discuss your child's sedation dentistry options with you and provide full instructions on how to correctly take the medication for the best results. 

When a child has severe anxiety, sensory issues, or a developmental or health condition that makes it difficult to provide appropriate dental care, or when extensive and complex dental care is necessary, general anesthesia may be appropriate.

If Dr. Greg feels that general anesthesia is appropriate for your child, he will discuss the situation with you to explain how the process works. General anesthesia is not performed here in our dental office but at one of our local hospitals.

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