Oral Sedation

NJ Kids Pediatric Group

Pediatric Dentistry located in Union, NJ

Oral sedation is a safe and effective way to help your child relax while receiving dental treatment. At NJ Kids Pediatric Group, family dentist Simar Nagyal, DMD, offers oral sedation to children of all ages. Using nitrous oxide, she can eliminate feelings of fear and anxiety, ensuring your child’s comfort. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Union, New Jersey, call the office or book online today.

Oral Sedation Q&A

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation uses prescription medication to help your child relax during dental procedures or checkups. Specifically, oral sedation uses nitrous oxide or drugs like Halcion® to encourage feelings of relaxation. 

Some people call oral sedation sleep dentistry, but that title isn’t entirely accurate. Your child may feel drowsy during treatment, but they probably won’t doze off. If they do, their NJ Kids Pediatric Group provider can wake them with a gentle nudge.

Who can benefit from oral sedation?

NJ Kids Pediatric Group usually recommends oral sedation for children who experience dental fear or anxiety. Your child might also benefit if they have:

  • A low pain threshold
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • A significant gag reflex

Oral sedation is perfect if your child needs to undergo several dental procedures during a single appointment.

What are the types of oral sedation?

NJ Kids Pediatric Group offers several types of oral sedation, including:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that your child breathes through a mask placed over their nose. Nitrous oxide works almost instantly, causing your child to relax. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so following your child’s appointment, they can return to school and other normal activities.

Sedation with medication

If your child needs to undergo a complex dental procedure, NJ Kids Pediatric Group might recommend sedation with medication. That involves your child taking a drug like Halcion orally at home about an hour before their appointment.

When your child arrives at NJ Kids Pediatric Group, they start to feel drowsy. That allows their dentist to perform any necessary work, without your child experiencing any discomfort.

Is oral sedation safe?

Oral sedation is safe and usually well-tolerated. To ensure your child is a candidate, their NJ Kids Pediatric Group provider conducts a comprehensive in-office exam.

Let your child’s dentist know if they have an underlying health problem like kidney disease or diabetes. These issues won’t prevent your child from benefiting from oral sedation, but they might increase the risk of complications.

When your child is under sedation, their provider monitors their vital signs throughout and adjusts the amount of medication they receive as necessary.

To see if your child is a candidate for oral sedation, make an appointment at NJ Kids Pediatric Group by calling the office or scheduling online today.