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Sedation Dentistry

Your Child Can Experience Fear-Free Dental Care

Relaxed young woman in dental chair

The dentist’s office probably isn’t your son or daughter’s favorite place to visit, we hope to change that. However, if they’re regularly struggling with strong feelings of dread or anxiety when there’s an upcoming appointment on the family calendar, that’s a definite concern. At Bright Pediatric Smiles, patient comfort is one of our top priorities, which is why Dr. Sam offers calming sedation services right here in-office. This way, your loved one can feel genuinely relaxed throughout their appointment and receive much-needed care in a safe way, please contact us today in Poway, CA if you’d like to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Bright Pediatric Smiles for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Friendly, Patient Doctor & Staff
  • Board-Certified Pediatric Training
  • Infants, Toddlers, Children & Teenagers Welcome


Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

Young woman with nitrous oxide nasal mask

Nitrous Oxide is perhaps the safest and widely used sedative in pediatric dentistry. If your child only needs a very mild sedative to comfortably receive dental care, nitrous oxide could be the best choice! This service is best known by a different, much sillier name – laughing gas – and it’s administered through a mask that fits over the nose and stays in place throughout their appointment. It should relieve your son or daughter’s anxiety within minutes and can even make them feel happy or outright euphoric.

One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off very quickly once the mask has been removed. This means that your loved one should bounce back very quickly and can even run errands or return to school with very little downtime.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry 

Sleeping child

If your child is noticeably agitated, uncooperative, or simply unable to sit still in the dentist’s chair for an extended period of time, oral conscious sedation may be the right choice.

A combination of medications, “kiddie cocktail,” are mixed into a drink that your child takes in our office, it is custom tailored to their age, weight, and specific dental needs. The goal is to help your child cope with the fear and anxiety and induce cooperative behavior, without the loss of consciousness. Once the procedure is complete, their parent or guardian will need to drive them home and then keep an eye on them for several hours until they’ve fully recovered. It’s likely that they will only have vague memories of the experience. For many children, oral conscious sedation is a pleasant and positive experience. For a small percent of patients, it may be ineffective due to their extensive dental needs or their inadequate reaction to the sedative medications. If this happens, deeper sedation such as IV sedation or General Anesthesia may be recommended.