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What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication (sedatives) to relax patients and relieve anxiety during dental procedures. This helps to reduce patient stress and encourages cooperation that enables the dentist to get more work done in fewer appointments. 

At Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer nitrous oxide, which is a form of conscious sedation. This means that the patient will feel relaxed and sleepy but will be fully conscious and aware of their surroundings during their dental treatment. Contact us at Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

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Patients can usually drive after receiving nitrous oxide.

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What to expect at your child’s dental sedation appointment

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Dr. Goodman or Dr. Sholander will review your child’s medical history to determine if they are a good candidate for dental sedation. You will need to tell us about any medications they may take and any medical conditions they have.

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We will administer nitrous oxide through a nasal mask which only takes a few minutes to take effect.

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Once the patient is fully sedated, the dentist can perform any necessary dental work. As the patient is still conscious, the dentist may ask them questions directly during the procedure

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After the procedure, we flush remnants of nitrous oxide out of the body by flowing pure oxygen through the nasal mask. Within a few minutes, the patient returns to normal.

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nitrous oxide

This sedative is very safe and mild, which makes it suitable for children. It is administered through a gas mask and inhaled by the patient. It has a quick onset so the patient will feel the effects of the sedative right away. 

The effects of nitrous oxide include a feeling of relaxation, euphoria, and sometimes giddiness. It is not uncommon for patients to have a fit of laughter after inhaling laughing gas. The patient will be fully aware of their surroundings and be able to respond to questions. 

However, they may not remember the procedure afterward. Nitrous oxide wears off within a few minutes of a steady oxygen supply.

See What Patients And Parents Are Saying!

Preventive care Reviews & Testimonials

Thanks so much for such a wonderful experience at Harmony Dentistry for both my kids. Dr Sholander and Dr Goodman are great team that put my kids at ease right away. They were very efficient and yet still really took the time to answer all of my questions. They made the visit fun for the kids too. Looking forward to going back!

Melissa Sanoff
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Dr. Sholander is excellent with kids. She is clearly a brilliant dentist who is gentle and positive with children making going to the dentist fun. If she saw grownups, my husband and I would go to her too. She has steadied us through two freak accidents and kept everyone calm. We are very grateful we were connected with this practice. It is bright and immaculate and well designed for kids. Cool decorations, TV on the ceiling. My kids have enjoyed getting prizes. Thank you!

Stacy Kaper
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Reunited and it feels so good!! Our favorite Dentist and our favorite Orthodontist teamed up to open the most amazing office ever! Dr. Sholander & Dr. Goodman's approach is holistic - every facet works together between preventative care, diet, growth, overall health. They explain things so well to both the parents and the kids. I feel very fortunate to know that we are in good hands with Harmony.

Erinn & Diz Locaria
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Dental sedation can relieve a strong gag reflex.

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