Making Dental Visits Less Stressful

It is not uncommon for children to experience dental anxiety. The noises, inability to sit still, and even trauma of a previous experience can make visiting the dentist’s office extremely difficult for many young patients. Fortunately, at Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Pleasanton, we offer a solution that can help – sedation dentistry. Administered in the form of nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, we can help create stress-free and calming visits for you and your child. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our sedation dentist for kids in Pleasanton.

Why Choose Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Pleasanton for Sedation Dentistry for Kids?

  • We Treat Your Child Like Family
  • Calming, Compassionate, and Caring Dental Team
  • Dental Financing is Available

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Young boy wearing nose mask for nitrous oxide sedation dentistry in Pleasanton

Nitrous oxide is also known by another name – laughing gas. This mild form of sedation is safe to use on children, as the effects come on and dissipate quickly. Capable of reducing anxiety and keeping patients calm, it is administered via a nasal mask and creates a relaxing experience for young ones. Once treatment is complete, the effects wear off in minutes, allowing them to resume regular activity following their appointment.

IV Dental Sedation

Close up of I V drip

Children with extreme dental anxiety or who require multiple treatments may be recommended for IV sedation. Our team of highly trained professionals can administer the medication via an IV placed in the bend of the elbow or back of the hand. In no time, the child will become fully at ease, even appearing as if they are falling asleep. The duration of treatment will seem quick, and they will be unlikely to remember much from their appointment. Because the effects take time to wear off, they will need to spend the remainder of the day resting at home.

General Anesthesia

Smiling boy laying on his stomach

General anesthesia is not commonly provided unless a child suffers from extreme dental anxiety and struggles to sit still even for a simple checkup. It is also useful for those who cannot achieve a relaxed state with nitrous oxide. Using this type of sedation will put the child to sleep, allowing them to remain unconscious throughout the process so that they wake undeterred by the events of their treatment.