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Dentistry today has never been more comfortable, safe, and effective especially when it comes to children. However, the unfortunate reality is that a great many of us still have some level of anxiety and fear given our own preconceived notions and experiences from our own visits to the dentist which regrettably get passed to our children. This, along with dental phobia and perhaps previous negative experiences, lead to important dental visits being put off. Dr. Deep Shah understands these concerns and thus offers several exceptional options designed to make your child's visit less stimulating and more relaxing. 

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are various types of sedation offered by Dr. Shah. Depending on your child's treatment needs and level of nervousness, Dr. Shah will make sure your child will benefit from the best option for them so that they receive the utmost care and comfort. The options include: 

  • Nitrous Oxide ("Laughing Gas")

  • Oral Sedation

  • IV Sedation 

It's important to note that Dr. Shah will recommend the form of sedation he feels is best suited for your child taking into account a number of factors beyond the procedure and the your preferences. Because there is nothing more important than your son's/daughter's safety, Dr. Shah's evaluation takes their medical history into consideration. 

Whether or not sedation dentistry is being employed, Dr. Shah and the entire team are dedicated to ensuring that patients are as relaxed and comfortable as possible at all times. If you are seeking out an outstanding dental team who knows how to put you and your child at ease and can provide a full range of options to ensure that the treatment at hand is comfortable and stress-free, Dr. Deep Shah and his team are here to help. Our entire team looks forward to providing your little loved one's with outstanding dental care and revolutionizing pediatric dentistry together! 

Expectations for my Child if Sedated for his/her Dental Procedure:

Nitrous Oxide:

Your child will be instructed to inhale the gas from his/her nose at the beginning of the appointment. Our "nitrous nose," which sits on your child's nose, comes in a few different scents. Throughout the appointment we can adjust how much nitrous is being administered so that your child stays in a state of euphoria. It is very important that prior to the appointment, your child has had nothing to eat or drink for at least 2 hours. 

Oral Sedation: 

This depends on the type of sedation your child undergoes. Oral sedation involves your child coming in during morning hours on an empty stomach (nothing to eat or drink starting midnight the night before) and taking medication in liquid form. These appointments are either one or two hours depending on the medication your child will be receiving. Throughout the appointment, your child will be monitored and must meet our discharge criteria prior to being discharged. Upon discharge, your child is expected to recover at home - no school or other strenuous activities for that day.

IV Sedation:

If your child is undergoing IV sedation, they will present to the appointment fasting (nothing to eat or drink starting midnight the night before). To ensure your child's safety, a dental anesthesiologist will be on hand to first administered a sedative which will help your child get to a relaxed state. Following this, your child will receive an IV to allow him/her to attain a deeper state of relaxation. Throughout the procedure, your child's vital signs will be well monitored and any dosage will be adjusted as needed.

Here at Chester County Dentistry For Children, we understand and value the trust and confidence you place in our team to provide the best possible care for your loved ones, which is why safety is our highest priority.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to making this a memorable experience for you and your child.