Children's Dentistry Pasadena Texas
2907 Strawberry Rd
Pasadena, TX 77502
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday : 8:00am - 2:30pm
Most traditional insurance plans, PPO and Medicaid accepted.
At out office we offer different options for sedation which are tailored towards your child and their dental needs. We practice safe, conscious sedation as an option for children who are older (two years and above) and are mildly apprehensive. This highly effective method can be administered as an oral form or in an inhalation method using nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, or better known as laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation for children who visit the pediatric dentist and may be overly nervous or anxious about their scheduled treatments. Nitrous Oxide eases the patient’s fears and helps them relax during their visit, or to receive dental treatment in a comfortable and safe manner. Typically nitrous oxide is mixed directly with oxygen and delivered as the patient breathes in and out regularly through a mask over the nose. The patient is usually asked to breath normally through the nose, and as the nitrous oxide begins to take effect, the child will become more relaxed and less nervous.
Nitrous Oxide is 100% safe to use during treatment and is eliminated from the body quickly after the gas is turned off and given oxygen for a few minutes to ensure a quick recovery. The child will remain awake during the entire procedure and be able to interact and communicate easily.
However, nitrous oxide dentistry may not be suitable for all children. It is generally not recommended if your child suffers from nasal congestion, severe anxiety, or discomfort wearing a nasal mask.
Light Oral Sedation
Children are more anxious to visit the dentist, which is completely normal. For the child who is overly anxious for their treatment appointments, they may need sedation that is a bit stronger than nitrous oxide. These stronger remedies for sedation are most commonly referred to as oral sedation.
Oral sedation medications are taken 30minutes to 1 hour prior to the start of their appointment. With oral sedation, your child will not be put to “sleep.” Your child may become sleepy during or after the treatment and can easily respond to simple comments or commands if prompted. Parents are requested to remain in the office reception area during sedation and treatment time. At the end of the treatment, your child will be able to walk slowly with you when leaving the office. Please do not plan to return your child to school after oral sedation. A parent should be available to give their complete attention to the child for several hours after the appointment.
Please call our office if you have any unanswered questions concerning sedation procedures before or after hours.