Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental proudly offers pediatric sedation dentistry on Long Island, NY, with locations in Massapequa Park, Nesconset, and West Islip. Call your local office to make an appointment.
Although modern dentistry is generally pain-free, many children as well as adults have a strong fear of the dentist, special needs or are very young. Pediatric sedation dentistry can help. It can also make things much easier if your child needs an especially complicated procedure.
Laughing gas is our preferred sedation option for most children because it is very mild. Your child will inhale a gentle blend of nitrogen and oxygen through a mask over the nose, inducing deep relaxation and relieving fear. Your child can remove the mask at any time, and the sedation wears off in just a few seconds.
When necessary, and after a discussion of all treatment options, IV sedation uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with high levels of anxiety, with special needs, or extensive treatment plans may benefit from IV Sedation. The doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.
Our office uses a medical anesthesia team consisting of an anesthesiologist and nurse or second anesthesiologist. The medicines and monitoring equipment that our office uses is the same as what would be used in any modern hospital as is the training that the team receives. We follow the same highest standards and protocols suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
If you are on Long Island and your child has dental fears, special needs or needs extensive work, consider sedation dentistry. Just call our office at (516) 798-1111 (Massapequa Park), (631) 360-7337 (Nesconset), or (631) 661-7337 (West Islip) to schedule your child’s initial evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax during their dental procedures. Children who have dental anxiety and phobias benefit from dental sedation as do some special needs patients. Sedation may also be used for any patient who requires extensive dental work or for difficult work such as wisdom teeth removal.
Is sedation dentistry safe for kids?
Yes, the sedation dentistry we offer at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental is safe and effective. Laughing gas has few risks or side effects, while our IV sedation is performed with a medical anesthesia team and hospital grade equipment. The standards, training and equipment are exactly the same as any modern hospital.
Does sedation dentistry really work?
Absolutely! Sedation dentistry has helped thousands and thousands of children and adults get the dental care they need without any trauma, stress, or anxiety. Because there are different levels of sedation, we can provide a stronger form of sedation for patients who have an extreme fear of the dentist or require extensive treatment. With deeper sedation there is no memory of any treatment and all the work can be done at one time.
Will I need multiple sedation appointments?
If laughing is used we may require several visits to complete the treatment plan. If we determine IV sedation is the best course ALL dental work will be completed in one visit.
Will my child be in pain after the dental procedure?
Typically no pain will be felt after a sedation procedure. Of course it depends upon the work completed. Usually extensive treatment like fillings and crowns under sedation little to no discomfort is reported. For extractions and wisdom teeth removal normal discomfort may be expected. Our team will give IV pain medicine and home care instructions as needed.
Will my child feel pain with sedation?
No, there will be no pain felt while the patient is asleep. Sedation is only used to make patients feel calm and relaxed or asleep based upon the type of sedation used. However, local anesthetic may still be needed based upon the type of dental procedures. If a patient is asleep with our anesthesia team they will be unaware of any needles or numbing. Our team will also give IV pain medicine and detailed instructions of when to take a next oral dose at home.
Will the doctor place an IV?
If the patient is going fully to sleep an IV will be placed. However, the IV will be placed and removed while the patient is asleep. The patient will have no awareness or memory of the IV.
How long does dental sedation last?
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) only lasts for a few seconds after the mask is removed from your child’s nose. A patient can resume all normal activities immediately after the procedure. This includes school, work and driving. With IV sedation, once the IV is removed, the patient will wake up within a few minutes while being monitored by our team. Patients may still feel groggy and not themselves for a short while. Lighter activity is suggested for the remainder of the day.
If you are on Long Island and your child has dental fears, special needs or needs extensive work, consider sedation dentistry. Just call our office at 516-798-1111 (Massapequa Park), 631-360-7337 (Nesconset), or 631-661-7337 (West Islip) to schedule your child’s initial evaluation.