Does your child get nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist? Don’t worry! This is normal. At Pop Smiles Dentistry, we want to help your child feel comfortable and develop positive associations with dental care. Dr. Jamil Sowan is licensed in pediatric sedation, and offers several sedation options to help your child feel at ease during his or her appointment. We invite you to call us at (703) 844-0404 to learn more about sedation dentistry for children in Manassas, Virginia, and to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist.When providing your child with a sedative, their safety and comfort are our top concerns. Prior to providing any type of treatment, our dentist will discuss all sedation options with you, as well as your child’s medical history, to determine the best type of sedation. Your child will be carefully monitored throughout their entire visit to ensure that they remain safe. Sedation dentistry may be recommended for children who are especially young or nervous, or for children who require more involved procedures. There are several types of sedation available, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), is a mild sedative that works through inhalation. Nitrous oxide helps children relax and may cause them to feel euphoric for a time. We will provide pure oxygen at the end of your child’s treatment to clear any remaining nitrous oxide from their body.
- Oral sedation is typically provided in the form of a liquid or pill, which your child will take just before his or her appointment. It should help you child feel calm and relaxed without putting them to sleep.
- IV (intravenous) sedation is administered directly into your child’s bloodstream via injection. We usually put children to sleep with nitrous oxide prior to inserting the needle. We may also provide a tube to aid in their breathing.