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Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of safely administering medications to help your child relax during their dental treatments. It is an effective way to ensure patients are comfortable and remain still. Front Row’s sedation dentistry aims to provide a safe, comfortable, and anxiety-free experience for patients who otherwise find it challenging to stay motionless in the dental chair.

In addition, it is an excellent option for those who have a fear of the dentist or a medical condition or disability that makes it challenging to tolerate dental treatments.

pediatric patient at Front Row Pediatric Dentistry in lobby
pediatric dentist in exam room talking to pediatric patient

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

With sedation dentistry, the patient experiences a deep relaxation which makes the procedure much more comfortable. With the patient in a relaxed state, the dentist is able to get the work done quickly and efficiently while ensuring the utmost safety. These techniques will help your child feel better about dental work and as a parent you will feel better too.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Oral Sedation?

Fear of Needles

Fear of needles is normal; however, if your child has an intense fear, we can help!


If your child experiences unusual anxiety, please let us know.

Sensitive Teeth

Teeth can be sensitive for many different reasons. We can evaluate and make recommendations.

Bad Reflux

An unusual gag reflex is often associated with fear of the procedure. We can help!

Intensive Procedures

Some procedures are long or involved and your child may need help relaxing.
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Nitrous Oxide

Suppose you’re worried that your child will be anxious or nervous about any visit with us. In that case, we have nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, a mild sedative agent that, when inhaled, will safely and effectively help to manage your child’s anxiety during their dental procedure. It works so well that you might even hear them giggle a time or two!

Conscious Sedation

If your precious one is truly fearful, we also have conscious sedation to reduce anxiety or discomfort for more complex treatments. During conscious sedation, patients remain conscious and can respond to instructions, but they feel relaxed and may not remember much of the procedure. Conscious sedation is ideal for patients who may not be able to undergo general anesthesia due to underlying medical conditions or for those who need to be alert during a procedure.

3 Myths About Dental Sedation

  1. Many people can benefit from opting for sedation dentistry. Contrary to popular belief, it can also be used for those with a low pain tolerance or needing multiple treatments in one session.
  2. Many believe it is risky, expensive, and only used in extreme cases. However, sedation dentistry can be a safe, cost-effective solution for many dental treatments.
  3. Another common myth is that sedation dentistry is only used for difficult and invasive procedures when it can be used for any form of dental treatment.
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Common Questions

Nitrous & Conscious Sedation FAQs

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for children to relax during dental appointments. It has been used for many years, even for toddlers and infants, without complications.

There are different levels of sedation, and your pediatric dentist will determine with you what is best suited for your child. There is minimal, moderate, and deep sedation.

  • Minimal help reduces anxiety, but the patient is aware enough to respond to conversation and even physical stimulation.
  • Moderate sedation is where the patient is even more relaxed and can respond to more purposeful verbal and physical stimulation, such as a loud command or abrupt tap on the shoulder.
  • Deep sedation is more profound, and the patient may not show signs of consciousness and is therefore not responsive to stimulation.

Depending on the type of sedation, the cost can range from $150-$500 or more. Insurance may cover the cost of sedation. There is also Care Credit™, a third-party financing, that can help with payment for sedation.

Conscious sedation generally lasts from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the procedure. It is considered a safe method of sedation and typically involves the use of a combination of medications that are administered intravenously and orally.

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