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Sedation Dentistry – South Loop • Chicago, IL

A Relaxing Visit Every Time

Relaxed teen in dental chair

You don’t have to be a parent or have a degree in dentistry to know that many children just don’t like going to the dentist. In fact, some are downright terrified. At Chicago Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’re able to soothe even the most frazzled nerves thanks to sedation dentistry. These treatments are safe, effective, and proven to make dental appointments go much more smoothly for parents, children, and the dentist alike. If you think your child could benefit from sedation dentistry at their next appointment, be sure to give us a call to discuss their options.

Why Choose Chicago Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for Sedation Dentistry?

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Child with nitrous oxide nasal mask

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, has been used by dentists for over 100 years to help patients relax during their appointments. It can be used with a wide variety of procedures to help children achieve a warm, happy, and somewhat “floaty” feeling that should instantly help them become calm. They simply inhale the gas mixed with oxygen through a small nasal mask that stays on for the entire appointment. Afterward, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, meaning a child can quickly resume their normal routine.

IV Sedation

Little girl receiving dental exam

IV (or intravenous) sedation is generally used for patients with moderate to high dental anxiety and for patients who may have physical or cognitive impairments that make dental care extremely difficult to complete. IV sedation differs from General Anesthesia in that with IV sedation the child is not completely asleep during the procedure but is simply in a more calm and relaxed state. It’s important that your child is given time for the effects to wear off before they resume regular activities after their procedure. Our team members will be closely monitoring your child’s vitals and communicate with them directly to assess their comfort throughout treatment.

General Anesthesia

Little boy receiving dental exam

General anesthesia enables a child to literally sleep through their appointment and wake up with no memory of it afterward. This is why it is sometimes aptly referred to as “sleep dentistry.” We typically only recommend this for children who need extensive dental care, have mental or physical special needs, or have an extreme fear of the dentist. It involves the administration of a sedative via IV, so we will go over your child’s full medical history to make sure everything is safe beforehand.

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