Sedation Dentistry

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists located in The Woodlands, TX & Spring, TX

Sedation dentistry at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas, is customized for your child’s specific needs. The dedicated dental team, led by Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation to ensure that your child is always comfortable and well cared for. Use the online booking tool or call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

How does nitrous oxide sedation work?

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative for children. In a nitrous oxide procedure, your child breathes the medication through a mask and quickly grows quite relaxed. Many kids experience a happy, silly, or giggly sensation, which is why nitrous oxide is sometimes referred to as laughing gas.

The mask stays attached to your child's nose so they can breathe in the nitrous oxide during the procedure. Your child is awake during a nitrous oxide procedure, but they may not remember it afterward.

Once Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha is finished with the dental procedure, they flip a switch and the mask dispenses pure oxygen. Your child breathes in the oxygen for around five minutes, and they're all done.

How does oral conscious sedation work?

Oral conscious sedation is a good option for children who are experiencing stress ahead of a dental procedure. Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha gives your child an oral medication to help them relax, and it takes effect within about 20 minutes.

Your child is awake, and they can respond to the dentist during the procedure if needed. Many children don't remember the procedure afterward, which makes this a good choice for anxious kids.

How does IV sedation work?

IV sedation is generally reserved for longer or more complex dental procedures. Your child sleeps through the entire procedure. In this type of sedation, your child has a small needle in their arm or hand. A tube in the throat helps with breathing during the procedure. Your child is monitored closely throughout their procedure to ensure their safety.

How can I prepare my child for sedation?

It depends on the type of sedation. Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha gives you specific instructions ahead of time.

If your child’s having nitrous oxide sedation, a light snack such as toast a few hours before their procedure is usually fine. With oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, you need to restrict foods and liquids ahead of the procedure.

The Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry team is dedicated to safe and comfortable dental procedures for all children. Book your child’s appointment online or by phone today.