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Dr. Cavan Brunsden
Dr. Nancy Villa

2455 Rt 516,
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

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Sedation Dentistry In Old Bridge, NJ

Helping with dental anxiety in Old Bridge, East Brunswick & Sayreville

A significant number of families do not take their children to the dentist because the children are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry at KidZdent offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

Sedation dentistry is popular because most sedatives can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety and no pain. Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation dentistry offers both the child and the dentist the best alternative.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated
  • Few side effects
  • More can be accomplished during each visit
  • No needles
  • No pain
  • Amnestic
  • Perfectly safe
  • Procedures seem to take less time

Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation (treatment with oral sedation) is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. 

The sedative medicine used in the office will make your child drowsy but does not put them to sleep and has an amnesiac property that makes your child unlikely to remember the treatment. At KidZdent we provide oral sedation using the medications listed below;

1) Chloral-Hydrate/Vistaril combination, which is administered as a juice in the office. This medication is used for longer cases with extensive work that require several hours of treatment time.

2) Versed, which is administered orally as a juice, is better for shorter cases lasting an hour or less. 

3) Valium can also be utilized which would be administered in pill form.

Since your child is not asleep, he/she may still cry but should be calmer and less likely to remember the visit. The use of therapeutic wraps to limit the child's movement may be required to safely complete the treatment. Oral sedation for healthy children has an excellent safety record; however, there are still risks whenever a child receives sedation medications. Possible risks include, but are not limited to, numbness, infection, swelling, bleeding, discoloration, nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions, under sedation or over sedation.

Intra-Venous Sedation

I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by a licensed anesthesiologist.

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.