We just went to Pediatric Smiles of Cypress for the first time today and we are doing a Parents' Happy Dance with Sprinkles. Our little one is TERRIFIED of strangers. Dr. Marshall and her staff were AMAZING! My three year old started off crying and screaming when they first brought her back, as per her usual. But they were so patient and loving that she gave them high fives by the time we left. They were creative and patient and were able to get done what they needed to without me having to hold her down like I usually have to. She actually cooperated with them and calmed down. We didn't even know that was possible. Not only was the staff great with her. They were great with me too. They explained the procedure and pricing clearly. They soothed my nerves as well as my daughter's. Dr. Marshall and her staff definitely have the magic touch.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is commonly used to make treatment more calming and comfortable for children who feel anxious in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose and produces a state of relaxation throughout treatment. Your child will remain fully conscious but very calm. Once treatment is over, the nitrous oxide quickly leaves the system, which means a short recovery time! It is non-addictive and considered very safe by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Conscious Sedation helps anxious children, young children, and children with special needs. The goal is to reduce anxiety, discomfort, and promote calm. Your child will remain conscious, though they may get drowsy or fall asleep.
We will personalize your child’s sedation to fit their specific situation. Oral Conscious Sedation options include Demerol (narcotic) or Vistaril (antihistamine). Subcutaneous (injection) options include Morphine (narcotic) or Vistaril (antihistamine)
I.V. Sedation is offered for more involved situations and will be administered and monitored in our office by a certified anesthesiologist with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates.
General anesthesia is used for more involved oral surgical procedures. The procedure will take place at a hospital or surgical center and your child will be put to sleep much like a tonsillectomy or similar surgery.