Pediatric Sedation Dentistry With Care in Succasunna, NJ

a dentist treating a young patientAt Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience—especially for children who are unsure of what to expect. However, this is not reason enough to avoid necessary and important visits to the dentist, like when a pediatric root canal is needed. With all the advancements in modern dentistry, there are various conscious and unconscious forms of pediatric sedation in Succasunna, New Jersey, to consider that can make their appointments more comfortable.

What Is Pediatric Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation can be a safe way to reduce, if not eliminate, pediatric dental anxiety. Whether your child would be fine with being awake for the procedure without feeling any pain—or would prefer being asleep and waking up without any memory of the procedure—either outcome is possible through modern methods of pediatric sedation dentistry.

At Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Julia Springfield Polomski, has the experience necessary to help ease your child’s dental anxiety. When you visit our office for pediatric dentistry with sedation, she will take the time to inform you and your child of the pros and cons of each method so you can make an informed and confident decision.

Two Types of Sedation

Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry uses two different methods of pediatric sedation dentistry. Our patients’ options include:

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

One of the most popular forms of Pediatric Sedation Dentistry is Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas.” This safe gas is inhaled through a small breathing mask and provides an instant relaxation effect. Your child will be awake but will experience happy feelings while under the effect of the gas. Once the nitrous mask is removed, your child will return to normal within minutes and can continue with their day. Dr. Julia Springfield Polomski recommends that children who undergo oral sedation not eat for at least two hours before their treatment.

IV Sedation Dentistry

In some cases, including those of children who are particularly apprehensive about visits to the dentist and those with certain special needs, the safest and most efficient place for treating their dental issues is under anesthesia. It is for these cases that Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry offers Hospital IV Sedation in Succasunna, NJ.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

Pediatric IV sedation dentistry is a process where special medications are given to your child to help them sleep peacefully through complex dental procedures. Our IV sedation dental procedures are performed under the skilled and compassionate care of our experienced pediatric dentist, Dr. Springfield Polomski, and a certified anesthesiologist. General anesthesia puts your child into a gentle, restful sleep, allowing them to rest through the treatment and have no memory of it afterward.

What to Do After Sedation Dentistry

Before the procedure, you and your child will be given a set of instructions to follow in order to ensure the best possible experience. After the procedure, your child will be discharged once the sedation wears off and they become more alert. Please note that no two children will take exactly the same amount of time to become alert, so it’s hard to say exactly when you can expect to leave the dental office together. Once you do leave, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Your child may still feel some effects of the sedation, such as grogginess or nausea, so they will need to rest for the remainder of the day.
  • Make sure your child only eats soft foods for several hours after the procedure, and monitor what they eat to ensure they don’t accidentally bite their tongue.
  • If your child experiences symptoms such as severe pain and bleeding, vomiting, or fever for more than 24 hours after the procedure, call us right away.

Succasunna’s Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Clinic

At Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to give all our patients something to smile about. That goes beyond giving first-rate dental care—it also means ensuring you and your child are both informed about and comfortable with your preferred method of pediatric sedation dentistry.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about each form of sedation and what to expect. Just give us a call at 973.584.7555 or schedule your child’s complimentary consultation online. We can’t wait to help your child achieve their best smile!

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Succasunna, NJ, our team at Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry also provides award-winning orthodontic and pediatric dental care to patients from Roxbury Township, Mt. Olive Township, Sparta Township, Randolph, Dover, Hopatcong, Mt. Arlington, Budd Lake, Flanders, and all surrounding areas in New Jersey.