Petaluma Pediatric Dentist

Sedation DentistPetaluma, CA

One of the main challenges that many dentists face is keeping children still in the dental chair during the appointment. While children will not always be excited about visiting the dentist for a checkup, many will only want to sit still for so long. As a pediatric dentist, we have the ability, training and tools to help keep children calm and relaxed during treatment.

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Behavior Management

As pediatric dental specialists we understand each child is an individual. Often new places and experiences can be intimidating for young children. We believe in creating a positive experience for each child to promote a life-long positive attitude toward oral health. Techniques we use to help children feel comfortable with the new dental experience are:

  • “TLC-” Tender, loving, care: This includes having a kid-friendly environment and team, using terms that are age appropriate such as a “water whistle” to clean a “sugar bug” off their tooth rather than a “drill to clean a cavity.”
  • “TSD”- Tell-show-do: We engage children in the process by telling them what we are going to do, showing them the materials we use, and then doing it. This helps decrease the child’s fear of the unknown.
  • We use “positive reinforcement” to verbally praise children for good behavior.
  • “Distraction”through audio headsets, televisions in the ceiling, and story-telling.
  • Age specific “casual conversation” helps the children feel at ease.
  • Pharmacological Behavior Management

    Some children are unable to cooperate in the dental setting due to young age, special needs, medical complications, or dental anxiety. To provide a positive experience for these children we offer “laughing gas” (Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen). All of our pediatric dentists are also licensed to provide oral conscious sedation. In addition, we have a dental anesthesiologist who provides in-office general anesthesia. For children requiring dental treatment under general anesthesia at a hospital, Dr. Ramos has privileges at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa.

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    Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

    Some children are not able to cooperate with routine dental procedures due to young age or dental anxiety. We can use sedation dentistry to help the child remain relaxed during treatment. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry for your child, call us for a consultation or continue reading. As a sedation dentist, our board-certified pediatric dentists have professional training and experience to provide various forms of sedation during treatment.

    Types of Dental Sedation

    As a sedation dentist, we offer various forms of sedation, including:
    • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)
    • Oral conscious sedation
    • General anesthesia (From a dental anesthesiologist)

    Each type of sedation has various side effects that we will go over with the parent/guardian. In many cases, these will make the child drowsy, but will not put the child to sleep. In many cases, the side effects are mild and will wear off in a few hours following the appointment.

    The child will not feel much if any pain with these types of sedation during the procedure. However, there may be some soreness following the procedure. We can offer advice on how to help relieve any of this and the side effects of sedation dentistry, as well.

    Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

    Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative typically administered in a gas form through a mask that covers the nose and mouth. After we combine it with a little oxygen, the child will breathe it in and begin to calm down. In some cases, they may even begin to feel a bit giggly and light-headed.

    While side effects can include mild nausea, the effects of the gas making them feel light-headed will wear off fairly quickly after they stop breathing it. To avoid this, it is recommended to make sure the child does not eat anything at least two hours before the appointment.

    Oral Conscious Sedation

    With oral conscious sedation, the child will take a type of oral sedative medication that makes them feel drowsy and sleepy. The child will not be asleep but will be in a sleep-like state. They may be able to follow directions the dentist gives, but for the most part, will remain still throughout the appointment. The effects of this sedation technique may take a bit longer to wear off.

    In many cases, the child will only remember vague bits and pieces of the appointment. By having the child remain partially awake during the appointment, it will be easier to have the child wake up fairly quickly after the appointment.

    General Anesthesia

    General anesthesia will put the child to sleep during the appointment. As a sedation dentist at Raymond A. Ramos, DDS & Associates, we work with a dental anesthesiologist to provide the healthy and proper amount of sedation. The anesthesiologist will monitor the child patient during the appointment to ensure everything is going smoothly. Once complete, we will monitor the child and help them wake up properly.

    We will also go over any instructions the parents/guardians need to know to help the child as the effects wear off. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry or other pediatric dental care, call us and schedule an appointment today.

    Contact Us

    Raymond A. Ramos, DDS & Associates is located at
    3835 Cypress Dr Suite 210
    Petaluma, CA

    (707) 887-5074