About Sedation Dentistry
At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, we understand the fear and anxiety many children experience when visiting the dentist. Our extensively trained, board-certified pediatric dentists are pleased to offer sedation dentistry options to help ease any worries your child may have and establish a positive association with dental visits. Whether your child has an experienced-based dental fear or general anxiety about the unknown, we take a compassionate, gentle approach toward helping them feel comfortable and at ease when visiting our child-centered dental practice. If your child has expressed fear of the dentist or you would like to learn more about our sedation dentistry options, please reach out to our friendly Lancaster, PA team today. One of our expert pediatric specialists will help you determine if sedation is ideal for your child.
Sedation Dentistry Options
As pediatric specialists, our dentists have advanced training in a variety of effective sedation solutions. These include:
Nitrous oxide sedation: As the most commonly used method of relieving mild to moderate dental anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) is administered via a small nasal mask that fits comfortably over the nose. Nitrous oxide gas works quickly to induce a feeling of calm, relaxation, and even giddiness. The effects of this option dissipate within minutes once the gas is turned off. The patient then returns to normal and can go about normal daily activities.
Oral-conscious sedation: Often used for patients who need a deeper level of relaxation, oral-conscious sedation is taken via a prescription medication prior to the visit or as a liquid sedative in-office. Oral-conscious sedation leaves patients awake and able to respond to our team but often with very little memory of the dental procedure.
Hospital dentistry: To better serve the needs of our patients, each of our pediatric specialists is hospital-trained and offers advanced care under general anesthesia (full sedation) in a hospital setting. This approach may be recommended for children who have severe dental fear, compromising physical or medical conditions, extensive treatment requirements, or special needs. Our dentists maintain privileges at Lancaster General Hospital and Hershey Medical Center. Our patients will work with a hospital and sedation coordinator throughout their entire process.
"My son fell and had trauma to his mouth; His top front teeth were pushed up into the gum when he fell. I called their office to see if they could help and not only did they help, but they went above and beyond to fit him into their busy schedule as an emergency appointment. When we were back for the appointment, Dr. Peter Ross, Nancy, and Dr. Odoom were fantastic with him and same goes for the ladies at the front desk (Thanks to Leigh Anne for the help scheduling)! My son did not cry once while he was back and a solid treatment plan was placed. Would definitely return and we have a 45 minute drive to get there!"- K.R. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
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Who Is a Candidate?
Sedation dentistry may be a good treatment option for a wide range of patients. Our team offers sedation solutions to address fear and anxiety ranging from mild to severe, whether your child is nervous in the dental environment, has anxiety over the idea of visiting the dentist for treatment, or has a history of traumatic dental visits. Children or teens with extensive treatment needs or even a strong gag reflex may also be ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. When you bring your child in to meet our team, we will talk with you about their fears, review their dental and medical histories, and gain a better understanding of their overall concerns. Together, we can then determine the sedation solution that may be the most ideal to help your family member enjoy a positive dental experience.
What to Expect
Since each level of sedation carries varying effects, our dentists will talk with you and your child about what to expect during the process. With nitrous oxide sedation, your son or daughter will breathe in nitrous oxide gas before and during their procedure through a special mask that fits over the nose. Our highly trained team will monitor the amount of gas your child receives very closely to help ensure the right amount of sedation is delivered during the treatment. For oral-conscious sedation, our dentists will prescribe a sedative medication to be taken by mouth one hour prior to the visit or administered in liquid form in-office. This anti-anxiety medication will provide a deeper level of relaxation, producing effects that will last throughout the appointment and for a few hours following the visit. If hospital dentistry is ideal for your child, our team will treat your child at an outpatient facility under general anesthesia. Our doctors have rights at both Lancaster General Hospital and Hershey Medical Center, and work with the surgery and anesthesia teams there to care for your child as they undergo their dental procedures.
After Sedation Dentistry
During your child's consultation visit, one of our pediatric specialists will talk with you about the sedation process and what to expect following the procedure. Depending on the type of sedation received, your son or daughter may need to avoid physical activity for the few days following sedation. It is important that your child receives proper rest and hydration after the procedure. It is common for children to feel fatigued the rest of the day following the procedure; however, this should dissipate within 24 hours of sedation administration.
Insurance coverage for sedation dentistry services may vary according to individual policies and treatment needs. A member of our business team will review your coverage benefits before your child's treatment and let you know if there may be any out-of-pocket expenses. To help make your family's dental care as affordable as possible, Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates accepts an assortment of payment methods and can assist you in applying for low-cost CareCredit® financing plans.
Positive, Stress-Free Visits
At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, we believe every child has the right to enjoy dentistry in a positive, stress-free way. Our team of board-certified specialists is pleased to offer several sedation dentistry options to help children get the dental care they need without fear and anxiety. If your child has mild to severe dental fear, please talk to our Lancaster, PA team today and learn about the differences our compassionate care and sedation options can make in their life.