Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Franklin, TN
Safe and effective options for the nervous patient.
Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be stressful. Franklin Children’s Dentistry strives to provide a positive dental experience for all of our patients. Our board-certified pediatric dentist has completed specialized training to provide safe and effective sedation for our young patients.
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Find out if sedation dentistry is right for your child.
Going to the dentist is an integral part of optimal oral and overall health. For children unable to sit through appointments, Franklin Children’s Dentistry in Franklin, TN may recommend sedation dentistry.
Dr. Robyn offers three types of sedation dentistry for kids:
Nitrous Oxide (aka Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide sedation is the most frequently used method of sedation. It works best for mild to moderately anxious patients.
During treatment, patients wear a small mask over their nose and breathe the nitrous oxide. Patients remain awake and are able to talk with the dentist. Sometimes, patients experience a floaty sensation or become giggly.
When treatment is complete, the nitrous oxide is turned off and oxygen is given through the mask to reverse the effects of the nitrous oxide. Patients can resume normal activities right away.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation provides a mild to moderate level of sedation.
Medication is given as a drink in the office before the dental appointment to help the patient feel relaxed and calm during treatment. Patients may fall asleep as a result of oral conscious sedation. After treatment, patients may resume normal activities the following day.
In-Office General Anesthesia
Dr. Robyn partners with Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia (NOBA), a group of board-certified dental anesthesiologists. Working with NOBA allows dental treatment to be completed under general anesthesia in our office rather than in a hospital setting.
This option is often more convenient and less costly than completing treatment in a hospital setting. Patients may undergo treatment with general anesthesia if there are extensive treatment needs or conditions that may prohibit the use of oral conscious sedation.
Franklin Children’s Dentistry has private and semi-private treatment rooms, and treatments requiring sedation are completed in our private sedation suite. Our sedation suite is our largest treatment room, allowing our patients to relax postoperatively with their parent or guardian until they meet the required discharge criteria.
Sedation dentistry in Franklin, TN means more comfort, fewer interruptions, and happier memories for kids.
FAQ about Sedation Dentistry in Franklin, TN
What kind of sedation is used in pediatric dentistry?
Different types of sedation are used in pediatric dentistry. The most common options include:
– Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
– Oral conscious sedation (drink form)
– General anesthesia (deep sedation)
Our dentist recommends the best option based on the patient’s age, anxiety, pain tolerance, comfort, and the type of dental treatment. While they each vary in strength, they all have the same goal: to ensure your child feels relaxed and comfortable at the dentist.
How much does dental sedation cost?
The cost of dental sedation depends on the type of sedation provided and your dental insurance.
Please contact Franklin Children's Dentistry in Franklin, TN to discuss your sedation dentistry needs.
How long does the sedation last?
The length of sedation varies based on the type of sedation dentistry used. Dr. Robyn will select the best sedation option based on your child’s individual treatment needs.
Is it ok to eat or drink before my sedation appointment?
No, it is not safe to eat or drink before sedation medication is administered. Prior to your child’s sedation appointment, we will go over fasting requirements that are based on the type of sedation. If your child has had something to eat or drink within the required fasting period, the appointment will need to be rescheduled for your child’s safety.