Sedation Dentistry – Grayslake, IL
A Relaxing Visit
Why Choose Kids Dentist
for Sedation Dentistry?
- 26+ Years of Experience Serving Grayslake and Lake County Families
You do not need to be a pediatric dentist to understand that some children aren’t exactly fans of dental care. In fact, some are downright terrified of it! If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make your child upset, then sedation dentistry might be exactly what they need to finally put those nerves to rest. We offer safe and effective methods that can be suited to every child, and you can learn more about their options by calling us today.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
You’ve probably heard nitrous oxide sedation referred to as “laughing gas,” and this is because it causes a slightly tingly sensation that makes many of our little patients giggle. Fortunately, it is also able to calm racing thoughts, create an overall feeling of wellness, and it has a slight analgesic effect as well. It is a safe method that has been used for many years. We recommend it for children of all ages, as well as children who struggle with anxiety, overexcitement, or who have special needs that can find dental appointments challenging. The odorless gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small nasal mask. This stays in place during an entire appointment, helping a child feel warm, calm, and slightly numb all over. When the visit is over and the mask is removed, a child will feel normal within a few minutes and be able to resume their regular day.
While nitrous oxide is usually enough to relax your child during most oral procedures, there are times when being awake may produce a difficult or even traumatic experience. If a child is especially young, anxious, or has special physical or mental needs—or if the procedure is more severe—then general anesthesia may be a better option. After all, the last thing we want is to encourage a lifelong fear of dentists!
Unlike the conscious sedation from nitrous oxide, general anesthesia renders your child completely asleep—the same as if they were having tonsils removed, an ear tube inserted, or other forms of surgery. This provides the double benefit of ensuring they are completely unaware of their treatment while retaining no memory of it afterward.
Anesthesia is administered in the comfort of our office by a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 30 years of experience, making the procedure extremely safe. Following the treatment, we will provide you with the necessary dietary and home care instructions to ensure your child’s swift recovery and help maintain healthy dental habits. If you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment under general anesthesia, our team will be happy to help.