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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in NYC

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For some patients, a visit to the dentist can be a challenge for various reasons. Children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, who have a high level of dental anxiety or who have special needs, may be good candidates for the sedation dentistry options offered at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.

Our NYC practice is home to a board-certified pediatric anesthesiologist, Dr. Oswald Jules, and experienced pediatric sedation dentists who are certified in conscious sedation dentistry. Whether your child is undergoing treatment at our office or a hospital facility, patients will receive the best quality dental care without the negative feelings or sensations normally associated with a visit to the dentist.

Learn more below, or schedule an appointment online.

What types of procedures might warrant sedation dentistry?

Procedures that often require sedation dentistry include:

What types of sedation dentistry options do you offer?

Our team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can provide:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • In-office sedation
  • General anesthesia

Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas”

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry endorses the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation therapy as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety and decrease pain. The gas (a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen) is administered by inhaling a sweet, pleasant aroma through a nasal mask. Laughing gas is considered a form of “conscious sedation” because patients will still be awake, but they will feel relaxed and, in some cases, drowsy. Your child will be able to breathe normally and respond to verbal cues from our dentists, but they will feel no pain. Depending on the level and form of sedation received, the patient may not remember the visit at all.

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedative treatments in dentistry. It has a rapid onset, and the effects wear off almost immediately. If necessary, it can be used in combination with other sedative agents.

In-Office Sedation

In-office sedation dentistry for children in NYC is a management technique that uses IV medications in our office to help reduce anxiety or discomfort during dental treatment. There are many safe and effective medications that can be used to help your child relax and promote an optimal environment for safe dental treatment. Our highly trained board certified medical pediatric anesthesiologist, Dr. Oswald Jules, will discuss the proper medications for your child, based on his or her individual case. Dr. Jules is trained to administer medications and monitor and manage sedated children.  We strictly follow the sedation guidelines as set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your child’s procedure will be discussed in detail with you before treatment is rendered.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a management technique that uses medications to allow your child to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients requiring general anesthesia will be treated at Northwell-Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side. Anesthesia is administered by our pediatric anesthesiologist and the dental work is completed by two pediatric dentists who have specialty training in treating children under general anesthesia. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administered by an appropriately trained physician.

Candidates for this procedure might include those with severe anxiety, special needs or those with extensive dental decay. Before recommending this form of sedation dentistry, our dentists will discuss in detail the risks and benefits involved with the procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as an effective way to make many children comfortable during their dental visit. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic to your child, your NYC sedation dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre and post-sedation instructions.

Sedation Dentistry for Children in NYC

To get more information about sedation dentistry for children at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, call our office at (212) 879-6518 today or request a consultation by filling out the form on this page.

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