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2 Journey, Suite 205
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 643-2222

Sedation Dentistry


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We recognize that some of our young patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our pediatric dentists and staff work hard to make sure that your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent having a beautiful, healthy smile.

Customized sedation dentistry that is safe and effective

There are different types of sedation dentistry, and working together, you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care he needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Our office offers several different options of sedation dentistry from nitrous oxide to general anesthesia. Your pediatric dentist will discuss with you the best options for your child's comfort and safety.

Once treatment is complete, your child will wake up feeling refreshed, with little or no memory of the appointment and a beautiful new smile. Using sedation dentistry, we are able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.

Common questions about sedation dentistry

We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry.

    • Will my child feel anything during treatment?

In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.

    • Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?

When using nitrous oxide, your child will still be conscious and responsive; however, she will be a deep state of relaxation.

    • Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting treatment with IV sedation, the doctor will talk with you and help you decide if IV sedation is right for your child's treatment.

    • How long will it take the sedation to wear off?

The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose received, how long the treatment is, and how quick your child's body can recover.

    • Is my child a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Any patients who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If your child has any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for their next dental treatment:

    • Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
    • Fear of needles and/or shots
    • A traumatic dental experience in the past
    • Can't handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist's office
    • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
    • Requires a more complex dental treatment
    • Feelsself-conscious about your teeth
    • Wishes to have a more comfortable dental treatment

If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your family's needs.


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