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Sedation Dentistry for Kids – Fitchburg, MA

Genuinely Comfortable & Calm Care For Little Smiles

We get it – the dental office probably isn’t your son or daughter’s favorite place to visit! However, if they’re struggling with strong feelings of anxiety or outright fear when faced with an upcoming appointment, that can be a serious problem. At Simply Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, our capable team members do a great job of creating a relaxing and gentle environment for even the youngest visitors. If this approach just isn’t enough, we also offer effective sedation techniques that can help create a smoother and safer treatment process for your loved one. Please contact us today in Fitchburg, MA to learn more, or to schedule a first visit.

Why Choose Us for Sedation Dentistry for Kids?

  • Experienced and Highly Trained Pediatric Dentists In-Office
  • Infants, Toddlers, School-Aged Children & Teenagers Welcome
  • Fun & Comfortable Office Atmosphere

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Young woman with nitrous oxide nose mask

Nitrous oxide is often called by a much sillier name – laughing gas! This mild sedative is very safe for all ages, and it’s administered through a nasal mask that we’ll comfortably attach to your child once they’re settled in the treatment chair. After a few minutes of breathing in nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen, they should feel much calmer and more at ease while still remaining aware enough to respond to any questions from our team. Many parents enjoy the fact that nitrous oxide wears off very quickly after their son or daughter’s appointment, which means they can return to school right away in most cases.

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Oral Conscious Sedation

Child with eyes closed during dental exam

If your loved one’s dental fear or general inability to sit still is more moderate in nature, oral conscious sedation may be recommended. We’ll prescribe medication that should be taken at a set time before the visit. As a result, children should enter a deep state of relaxation. While this sedative method won’t automatically put them to sleep, the effect is strong enough that many patients have very fuzzy memories of the visit once it’s finished.

General Anesthesia

Closeup of child's healthy smile

Our pediatric dentists will typically only recommend general anesthesia in the following circumstances:

  • The patient has special needs and cannot receive important dental care safely under their own power
  • The patient is too young or excitable to sit still throughout a lengthy treatment process
  • The patient is experiencing severe dental-related fear/anxiety

An anesthesiologist will personally handle this advanced form of sedation, gently transitioning your child to unconsciousness and closely monitoring their vitals (breathing rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc) throughout the procedure to ensure their safety.