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sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication during dental treatment. It is most commonly used for children who are young and have a hard time cooperating for treatment, for patients requiring extensive treatment, or for patients with dental phobia. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit.


Our doctors will evaluate your child to determine if sedation is necessary for your child's treatment. Before using a sedative, it is important to tell the office about any medical problems your child may have or medications they are taking.


We are very excited to offer our patients the option of having their treatment done with the benefit of in-office pediatric IV sedation and outpatient General Anesthesia at the Manatee Surgical Center.


Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates, Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologists, will be present and perform the sedation. Dr. Morgan will perform all necessary dental treatment.


There are many benefits to having your child's treatment performed under IV sedation:


All dental work can be done in one day.


The child is asleep during the IV sedation. They are not aware of the treatment being done. They do not, generally, need to be numb for treatment. This can eliminate the numb feeling following the procedure, which can last up to 4 hours. Young children do not understand this feeling and can potentially chew the inside of their cheek and lip.


In some cases, medical insurance will pick up some or all of the costs associated with the anesthesia. Parents will need to contact their medical providers to see if this is a covered expense. Once the appointments are booked, the pediatric anesthesiologist can assist in the paperwork concerning this aspect.


We can take necessary dental x-rays when they are asleep, which allows us to see if there are more areas affected and treat at the same time. This may result in a change in the original treatment plan given at the child's examination visit, but can benefit the child by reducing the need for additional future procedures.


Dr. Morgan also has privileges at the Manatee Surgical Center in downtown Bradenton to complete dental treatment while utilizing general anesthesia for patient comfort/safety.



Here are a few questions about sedation dentistry:



How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen?


It is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is mild, easily taken then quickly eliminated from the body.


Are there any lingering effects or special care after nitrous oxide/oxygen?


No. All the nitrous oxide is completly out of your child's system by the time the appointment is over. At the end of the appointment the child is given 100% oxygen to breath for several minutes. After the appointment no special care is required.


Are there special instructions prior to having nitrous oxide/oxygen?


Tell Dr. Morgan about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. Also tell

Dr. Morgan of any medications your child may be taking.



Will nitrous oxide/oxygen work for all children?


Pediatric dentists know that not all children are alike! Some children will not need or benefit from the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen, although most do. Dr. Morgan has undergone comprehensive training to administer nitrous oxide in a safe environment for your child.