To be able to practice sedation dentistry in Utah, a children’s dentist must receive an additional 2-3 years of training on top of the training they already received in dental school. They also attend several continuing professional education courses each year to learn the latest techniques and procedures of sedation dentistry as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
We provide four main sedation options at Redwood Pediatric Dentistry and have performed more than 15,000 oral sedations throughout our time serving as pediatric dentists in the Taylorsville, West Valley, West Jordan and Salt Lake City area.
1. Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) is administered to the patient through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. The gas causes a patient to feel a calming sensation when breathed and allows them to relax without losing consciousness. There are very few side effects from this sedation option and the patient fully recovers just minutes after the sedation process is complete.
2. Oral Sedation
Oral sedative medications come in liquid form and are an easy and non-threatening way to help a child relax prior to a dental procedure. At Redwood Pediatric Dentistry, the child takes the oral sedative in a private room where they can relax 30-45 minutes before receiving treatment. During the sedation, the child will remain conscious but will be unaware of the pain or sensations they may be experiencing.
3. In-office IV Sedation
This option is usually reserved for extremely anxious or uncooperative children that have extensive treatment needs. In-office IV sedation can be performed in our Salt Lake City pediatric dental office where we can help the child feel as comfortable as possible. With this sedation option, a nurse or anesthetist administers an IV containing the sedative to the child.
4. Full General Anesthetic
In extreme cases, we can schedule an appointment with Primary Children’s Medical Center and perform the necessary dental procedures there. Once at the medical center, a full general anesthetic is administered by an anesthesiologist or anesthetist. With this dental sedation option, the patient will be fully unconscious for the duration of the procedure. As Pediatric Dental Specialists, each of our doctors are authorized to practice dentistry at Primary Children’s Medical Center.