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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry – Lincoln, NE

A Stress-Free Appointment Every Time

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As you can imagine, many children don’t exactly love going to the dentist. In fact, some are downright terrified! Rather than having to white-knuckle through appointments, Dr. Marty and our team can use sedation dentistry to calm even the most fearful child. Thanks to the techniques below and our friendly staff, we can guarantee a comfortable appointment for absolutely everyone who comes to see us, ensuring follow-up visits are even easier. Do you think your child would benefit from dental sedation? If so, contact us today to learn more.

Why Choose Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Sedation Available for
    Every Procedure
  • Warm, Friendly & Experienced
    Dental Team
  • Happy to Serve Children
    with Special Needs

Nitrous Oxide Sedation dentistry

Nitrous oxide is an excellent way to help children feel more relaxed during their regular dental appointments or even while they’re receiving restorative care. This gentle type of sedation has been used for over 100 years and is still very effective today. A child simply inhales the gas through a small nasal mask, and they should almost immediately feel warm, calm, and happy in the chair. The mask stays on for the entire visit, and once it comes off, the child should feel completely normal within a few minutes, able to resume their regular routine.

General Anesthesia

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General anesthesia enables a child to literally sleep through their appointment and wake up with no memory of it afterward. To ensure the health and safety of our patients, this is always administered by a licensed anesthesiologist in a hospital setting. We normally recommend this approach for children who:

  • Have extreme dental phobia
  • Are in need of multiple involved procedures
  • Have special needs
  • Have behavioral issues that make sitting for an entire appointment difficult
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex

Pediatric Sedation FAQs

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At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to give each young patient and their parents a great dental experience. In some cases, that involves mild sedation with nitrous oxide or general anesthesia. As a concerned parent, you may have questions about using sedation, and as your kids sedation dentist in Lincoln, we’re here to help! Here are our responses to some commonly asked questions about pediatric sedation. If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact our Lincoln office. We’ll be happy to address your concerns and do what we can to help your child smile!

Which Kind of Sedation Is the Right Option for My Child?

We know that your child is special, and what works for another kid may not work for yours. That’s why it’s important for us to get to know your child. We like to learn as much as we can about them so that we can determine whether sedation is necessary and what approach to take. We appreciate your insight prior to the appointment so that we can prepare, so if you think sedation could be a good fit for your child, just let us know your concerns beforehand.

Will My Child Be Awake?

Nitrous oxide does not render your child unconscious. They should be able to respond to our requests and questions, but they will have a warm, calm feeling. Although they will still be aware of what’s happening, they can feel content throughout the appointment. On the other hand, general anesthesia does put your child to sleep, and they will not remember anything from their appointment. Depending on your child’s temperament, anxieties, or the extent of the work we’re doing, we can determine which method is the best option.

Will My Child Be Monitored During Sedation?

Absolutely. Your child’s safety is a top priority for our team. Regardless of the kind of sedation we use, we’ll make sure that they remain safe while under our care. If they are taking nitrous oxide, we’ll ask them how they feel and make adjustments to their oxygen saturation as needed to ensure their comfort. For those under general anesthesia, we’ll monitor their vital signs throughout the procedure.

Should I Talk to My Child about the Appointment Afterward?

It is always a good idea to follow up a dental appointment with some positive reinforcement. Feel free to talk to your child about the appointment, but avoid asking questions they may not be able to answer if they were under general anesthesia. Instead, guide their attention to how easy and painless the visit was to help them look forward to future appointments.