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Calm boy at the dentist

Sedation Dentistry in Hurst,TX

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Your child’s experience at the dentist can make a lasting impression – a positive experience will help your child feel confident when visiting the dentist in the future. For various reasons, some patients have difficulty tolerating necessary dental work.

At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we are specially trained to employ a variety of sedation options to maximize your child’s comfort and to ensure the proper care is provided in a safe and controlled environment.

Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a very safe sedative that allows a mildly nervous child to feel calm while remaining awake and able to talk to the dentist. Laughing gas is administered through a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose, and is one of the safest sedative options in pediatric sedation dentistry. It begins working almost immediately, and the effects wear off rapidly after the procedure. If necessary, it can be used in combination with other sedative agents.

Oral conscious sedation. Oral sedation is often a safe and effective option for young patients who have difficulty wearing the laughing gas mask and need only minimal amounts of dental work. However, not all children are good candidates for oral sedation; we will consult with your child’s pediatrician and evaluate your child thoroughly to determine whether oral sedation is the best option for your child.

General anesthesia. If the required dental treatment is extensive and your child is unable to tolerate the treatment with repeated nitrous oxide attempts or oral sedation visits, general anesthesia may be recommended. General anesthesia will allow your child to remain asleep during the procedure and not feel any pain or remember the treatment. General anesthesia carries certain risks that we will discuss with you if this option is recommended.

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