Pediatric Dentistry & Sedation in Mar Vista
Our goal is always to ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible for every type of dental procedure. For most common procedures, sedation may not be necessary, or perhaps we might use our mildest form of sedation if the appointment is longer.
- Dental Sealants - block food and bacteria from entering teeth
- Fillings - seal the tooth after a cavity
- Crowns - repair broken or deeply decayed teeth
- Pulp Therapy - removes an infection from the tooth
- Cosmetic Restorations - bonding and internal tooth bleaching help your child feel confident
- Extractions - removes infected or broken teeth
- Space Maintainers - replaces a missing baby tooth until the adult tooth erupts
Children's Sedation Dentistry
At Vision Dental Mar Vista, our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Andrew Huynh, offers three types of dental sedation, depending on your child’s needs.
- Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas” sedation (mild sedation)
- Oral sedation (mild to moderate sedation)
- IV or General Anesthesia or “sleep dentistry” (deep sedation)
The type that will work best for your little one depends on their medical history, level of anxiety, ability to sit still, and any non-typical development that might impact their experience in the dental chair.
Mild Sedation – Nitrous Oxide or “Happy Gas”
For children with mild anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation provides a safe and gentle method to reduce discomfort and fear while allowing your child to remain awake and responsive to questions by Dr. Andrew and our team.
Nitrous oxide enters the system through a small delivery nose mask. As your child breathes in, the sedative gently calms and relaxes them. As soon as we remove the mask, nitrous quickly leaves the system, and within a few minutes, your child returns to their non-sedated state and can go back to school or play.
Moderate Conscious Sedation
For younger kids or those who have a more complex procedure planned, nitrous oxide may not be enough to alleviate their fears. Oral sedation requires Dr. Andrew to administer an oral medication in our Mar Vista dental office 30-60 minutes before the procedure time.
As the medication takes effect, your child will begin to feel drowsy and relaxed. We will monitor them using safety equipment to ensure a safe experience and begin the procedure once the medication has taken effect.
While your son or daughter will remain responsive and able to communicate with Dr. Andrew and our team, they may drift off to sleep and will have little memory of their dental visit.
After oral sedation, they will have some drowsy side-effects and should avoid any horseplay or activities that might cause injury for the rest of the day.
We will provide detailed aftercare instructions for your child post-sedation.
Deep Sedation or General Anesthesia
For children who do not respond well to the mild and moderate form of sedation, we work closely with an anesthesiologist to administer IV sedation or general anesthetic. The highly trained and experienced anesthesiologist will closely monitor your child’s vitals throughout the procedure and provide follow-up instructions for after the appointment.
Your son or daughter will sleep through their dental appointment and will need to stay home and comfortable for the rest of the day, being monitored by mom or dad.
Children with particular medical or developmental needs may benefit from this deep form of sedation.
Pediatric Dentistry in Mar Vista
To learn more about pediatric dental sedation options in Mar Vista and the greater Los Angeles area, contact our team.