What is sedation dentistry?

In order for Dr. Lynn to provide safe and comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs, sedation dentistry is sometimes required. Sedation Dentistry (sometimes called relaxation dentistry) is a method of managing a child's pain and anxiety during dental treatment through the use of medication.


Why would my child require sedation dentistry?

Your child can benefit from sedation dentistry if he or she experiences one or more of the following:

  • High fear of dental care.
  • Complex dental problems.
  • Traumatic dental experiences.
  • Fear of needles and shots.
  • Trouble getting numb.
  • Sensitive teeth.


What are the types of sedation dentistry?

The 3 most common types of pediatric sedation are:

  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
    • Inhalation sedation uses Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (Laughing Gas) to help your child's body fall into a relaxed state. The most popular form of sedation used in pediatric dentistry, nitrous oxide benefits the majority of children who use it during their dental treatment.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation
    • This type of sedation will allow your child to experience minimal to moderate sedation while still being conscious. Dr. Lynn will give your child an oral medication that is easy to swallow and is safe. The medication type and dosage given is determined by your child's weight, situation and circumstances. Your child will be monitored closely during treatment by both pulse oximetery and a blood pressure cuff. Once your child's treatment is finished, they are monitored until specific discharge criteria have been met at which time they will be allowed to go home.
  • Hospital/General Anesthesia
    • Children and sometimes unable to cooperate or they require extensive dental work unable to be completed in the office. If this is the case, your child may be treated in a hospital or surgery center setting under general anesthesia. An anesthiologist monitors and keeps the patient comfortable while Dr. Lynn completes the treatment. This enables children who are unable to cooperate in the office to have all of their dental work completed in one visit and have no recollection of treatment.