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Sedation Dentistry services offered in Denver, CO

In some circumstances, sedation dentistry is the best way for kids to receive necessary dental care. Leslie Murray, DMD, and the team at Iris Pediatric Dentistry in Denver, Colorado, offer sedation dentistry through a partnership with pediatric anesthesiologists at Children’s Hospital Colorado. If you’d like more information about the process and how it can help your child, call today to book a consultation. Online scheduling is also available.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can vary from medications given in the office to relax the patient to full general anesthesia at the Children’s hospital where a child is completely asleep for care. 

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Murray has a goal to make sure her patients are have healthy teeth that do not cause pain or infection, but also a responsibility to make sure they have positive experiences at the dentist, to allow them to grow into adults that can tolerate dental treatment without fear or phobia. 
Sedation with general anesthesia is utilized when a child is very young, fearful, or has many cavities in many teeth. This allows Dr. Murray to complete treatment carefully, safely and without the child having to tolerate many long visits. 

At Children's Hospital Colorado, Dr. Murray works with a pediatric anesthesia team with specific training on anesthesia in children. If you have questions about the anesthesia process or if you child would benefit from care with general anesthesia, Dr. Murray will happily answer any questions at your child’s dental exam after meeting your family and evaluating your child’s specific needs. 

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is an overwhelming sense of fear or dread when faced with the prospect of dental treatments. Dental anxiety in adults can result avoiding dental care and difficulty tolerating treatments or cleanings. Often this can stem from previous difficult or negative experiences at the dentist. 

Pediatric dentists are specialized providers that do an additional 2 years of training compared to family dentists or general dentists, learning methods to reduce dental anxiety in children. By modifying treatment to match children’s needs and age, Dr. Murray can make visits easier, quicker and more positive for your child. 

Sometimes kids can have anxiety even without previous dental experiences or for other reasons. For these children, Dr. Murray can explain options to treat any urgent concerns in a way that works for the family and the child, and then work with family for customized desensitization plans to help children learn to become more comfortable brushing at home and treatment in office over time. 

What happens during sedation dentistry?

If your child needs to be fully sedated during dental treatments, a skilled and experienced pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado administers the general anesthesia sedation. Often the process begins with a medication they drink to help them relax, then gases they breath through a yummy flavored mask until they are sleep, with an IV started after they are sleep. Kids often remember only drinking the medicine and then waking up to eat a popsicle after the procedure is complete! 

General anesthesia creates an almost immediate effect, and your child rests comfortably throughout their treatment. Once Dr. Murray completes the necessary dental work, the anesthesiologist ceases the flow of medication and the effects begin to wear away. 

Kids will be a little confused or groggy as they come out of sedation. They should take it easy for the rest of the day, and drink plenty of fluids. Often pain is managed with Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 1-2 days and parents report their kids were back to playing like normal the next day.  

Learn more about your child’s treatment options during a face-to-face consultation, which can be booked online or by phone today.