Sedation Dentistry in Salt Lake City

Smiling kids at a Utah Dentist Office which offers sedation dentistry
Sometimes children may need a dental procedure performed but may be overly nervous or unable to cooperate. The goal of sedation dentistry is to complete the necessary dental work in these situations while making the experience as comfortable as possible for the child.
In order for a pediatric specialist to be qualified for sedation dentistry, they must receive an additional 2-3 years of training in addition to the training they already received in dental school. They are also required to take continuing professional education courses each year to learn the latest techniques, procedures and processes of sedation dentistry as guided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We provide four main sedation options at South Davis Pediatric Dentistry and have performed more than 15,000 oral sedations throughout our time serving as pediatric dentists in the Salt Lake City area.

1. Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) is administered to the patient through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. When breathed, the gas causes the patient to experience a calming sensation and allows them to relax without going unconscious. One of the benefits of this sedation method is that there are very few side effects and the patient fully recovers just minutes after the sedation process is complete.

2. Oral Sedation

Oral sedative medications are a non-threatening way to relax the patient. They come in liquid form and are given to your child in their own private sedation room where they will be able to relax 30-45 minutes prior to receiving treatment. As with Nitrous Oxide, the patient will remain conscious but will be unaware of the pain they may be experiencing.

3. In-office IV Sedation

The next sedation option is having a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist administer an IV to the patient while in our office. This option is usually reserved for extremely anxious or uncooperative children that have extensive treatment needs.

4. Full General Anesthetic

The 4th option for sedation would be to schedule an appointment with a hospital or a surgical center for a general anesthetic. If this option is used, the patient will be fully unconscious for the duration of the dental procedure. As Pediatric Dental Specialists, each of our doctors are authorized to practice hospital dentistry at Primary Children’s Medical Center.