No Fear Dentistry

At Detail Dental Kids, there's nothing to fear!

Our staff understands that some children are uncomfortable around the unfamiliar. That’s why we work hard to put them at ease. But, just in case we do have different options we might recommend if your child is undergoing extensive or difficult treatment.

General anesthesia is primarily recommended for patients who have difficulty cooperating in office, or patients who have extensive treatment needs. Our office conducts General Anesthesia appointments once a month. If your child is in need of urgent treatment and cannot be seen in office, our staff will assist you in finding accommodations for your patient.

Detail Dental Kids works closely with Mark Saxen, D.D.S., PhD, to offer office-based anesthesia. Through this collaboration we can offer safe, comfortable, and cost-effective anesthesia for patients undergoing oral surgery or complex dental procedures. Parents of children scheduled to receive treatment requiring sedation are required to watch a short video to help ensure the experience goes well on treatment day. The link here will open a new tab taking you to the IOBA website for Dr. Saxen.

Local Anesthesia & Sedatives

Local anesthesia is used prior to a procedure to reduce or prevent pain by numbing the surgical area. Anesthesia can be used either by itself, or in combination with one or more sedatives. Sedatives are used to reduce anxiety and relax a patient for a short period of time. With conscious sedation, the patient stays awake, aware and able to respond to the doctor. Two common sedatives are; oral sedatives, used to pre-medicate and nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide inhaled through the nose is one of the mildest categories of sedation. Patients describe it as a tingling in their toes and fingers, or maybe just an overall sense of relaxation although they will continue to be awake and alert. Once inhalation is discontinued the effects usually end within seconds.

Nitrous oxide sedation carries few if any side effects and produces no known allergic response. For these reasons, it makes a nearly ideal form of anxiety relief in the contemporary dental office. Depending on your child’s specific treatment, our dentists may suggest nitrous oxide.