For your child’s first visit, Dr. Blake will take time to get to know your child and develop a relationship. Once your child feels comfortable, Dr. Blake will perform a thorough examination of their teeth, gums, and jaw. He will take safe digital X-rays to check on structural health and make sure everything is as it should be. All the while, he will explain what he is doing with your child, keeping the atmosphere light and cheery.
Safe Sedation Options
We offer safe sedation options when they are necessary. We understand that sometimes the dental chair is just too much for a child and that they might need something extra to help calm their nerves. If your child is in need of restorative work like extractions or fillings, we have the proper anesthetics to ensure there will be little to no pain. All of our sedation options are safe, effective, and comfortable for your child.
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- General Anesthesia
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a gas that is mixed with oxygen, which, once inhaled, promotes an extreme sense of relaxation. This is a good option for younger patients who are feeling very uneasy about sitting in the dental chair. They will remain conscious and will be able to answer questions from Dr. Blake during the treatment. Once we remove the nitrous oxide, your child will feel back to normal within minutes, and they can go about their day without any side effects.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This option is better suited for children who have already developed a bigger fear of the dentist. About 15 minutes before the procedure, our team will carefully administer a pill to your child. By appointment time, they’ll be feeling extremely relaxed and serene. They will remain conscious for the treatment, allowing them to answer any questions Dr. Blake might have. They will continue to feel the effects of oral conscious sedation for about an hour after the appointment is over.
General anesthesia will gently and safely put your child to ‘sleep’ for the treatment. They will be unconscious for the entirety of their appointment, and when they wake up, we’ll be through and they’ll be ready to go home! General anesthesia is typically meant for major procedures like tooth extractions. Our practice uses a group of medial doctors to safely administer general anesthesia.