We will always choose the most conservative treatment options available to your child, and we seek to use non-invasive procedures whenever possible. However, there are times when your child may need to be sedated to care for them properly. Ultimately, their safety and comfort are our utmost concern. Additionally, we maintain a connection with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) to support these efforts.
Laughing gas is the common term for Nitrous Oxide, a safe and mild method used during dental procedures. Your child will be awake and responsive throughout the procedure, in a more relaxed state.
Because this type of dentistry is short-lived with a gentle effect, it is often used for children. Nitrous oxide puts patients at ease to remain relaxed during dental procedures allowing the anxious child a more pleasant dental experience! We customize each case individually and will discuss sedation only if necessary.
Many children suffer from dental anxiety, feeling extreme fear that keeps them from attending dental visits. We want all patients to receive excellent dental care despite their dental anxiety. To this end, we offer in-house IV sedation dentistry from an anesthesiologist to ensure the comfort of our patients. If your child fears going to the dentist, call us today to learn more about intravenous “IV” sedation.
Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is a safe, effective, and non-invasive method to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and discomfort/pain associated with dental treatment. Various medications can be used to sedate a child and are selected based on your child’s age, overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.
Once the medications have been administered orally, it may take up to an hour or more before your child shows signs of sedation and is ready for dental treatment. In addition to the oral medication, nitrous oxide gas will be used in conjunction to help achieve an ideal level of sedation. Most children become relaxed and drowsy and may drift into a light sleep from which they can be aroused easily. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Some children may not experience relaxation but an opposite reaction such as agitation or crying. This response to the medication may prevent us from completing the dental procedures.
OCS is only effective about 90% of the time with proper case selection. It is much more effective than using nitrous oxide alone. Parents are allowed in the room.
Dr. Dennis Stone is a renowned anesthesiologist, certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology since 1980. He completed his medical studies and anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida, followed by fellowships in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Alabama, respectively. With over two decades of experience in pediatric anesthesiology at The Wolfson Children’s Hospital and as a co-founder of Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates, Dr. Stone brings exceptional expertise and dedication to pediatric dental sedation.
Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) is a leader in providing specialized anesthesia services for pediatric dental procedures. Founded in 2008 by Dr. Dennis Stone and Dr. Vila, PDAA is dedicated to ensuring the utmost safety and comfort for young patients undergoing dental treatments. Our team of highly trained anesthesiologists, including Dr. Dennis Stone, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in pediatric sedation, offering a safe and anxiety-free experience for both children and their parents.