Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Brody Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Aventura, FL & Miami Beach, FL

If your child experiences dental anxiety or has difficulty sitting still, sedation dentistry can help them relax while receiving oral care. At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, Michael Brody, DDS, Dana Storch, DDS, and the team offer sedation dentistry and have a pediatric anesthesiologist on-site. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Aventura or Miami Beach, Florida, call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help children and teens relax while undergoing dental treatment. Though it's often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most types of sedation don’t actually cause your child to lose consciousness. Instead, they make your child feel groggy and relaxed. If necessary, they can still follow instructions or answer their provider’s questions. 

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, the team recommends sedation dentistry to children who:

  • Have difficulty sitting still
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth
  • Have special needs

Your child might also benefit from sedation dentistry if they experience dental fear or anxiety.

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, there’s a pediatric anesthesiologist on-staff. The medical doctor’s expertise allows the team to offer various types of sedation, including:

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide)

Laughing gas is a clear, scent-free gas that your child inhales through a mask placed over their nose. It’s combined with oxygen and triggers feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Nitrous oxide wears off right away, so your child can return to school, sports, and other routine activities as soon as their appointment is over. 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation uses prescription drugs like Halcion® to make your child drowsy. During this type of sedation dentistry, your child takes a pill at home about an hour prior to their appointment. By the time they arrive at the office, the medication sets in, causing them to feel tired and relaxed. 

Oral sedation takes several hours to wear off, so your child will need to rest at home following treatment. 

IV sedation

IV sedation administers liquid medication through a needle into a vein. The medication bypasses your child’s digestive system, allowing for quick and effective relaxation. Throughout treatment, the anesthesiologist adjusts the medication as necessary, ensuring your child’s comfort. 

Like oral sedation, IV sedation takes several hours to wear off. Your child will need to rest for at least 24 hours following their appointment. 

What type of sedation dentistry will most benefit my child?

To determine the type of sedation dentistry that will most benefit your child, the team conducts an oral exam and reviews their dental health history. 

Let the team know if your child has an underlying health problem like a congenital heart defect or kidney disease. These issues won’t necessarily keep them from getting sedation dentistry, but they may increase the risk of complications.

To further explore sedation dentistry, make an appointment for your child at Brody Pediatric Dentistry by calling the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool today.