very young, or have a lot of dental needs.
We can offer sedation for these cases.
SEDATION DENTISTRY & BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
At Lehigh Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that a positive dental experience during early childhood will result in good oral habits that will last into adulthood.
HOW WE HELP
We try to make each visit as positive and enjoyable as we can. Dr. Majumdar uses confidence building techniques such as positive reinforcement, "tell-show-do", and desensitization. Although many children do fine, or even better, with a parent in the reception room, we do allow parents to accompany their child into the operatory. If we feel having a parent present is hindering the appointment we may suggest that you wait in the reception room.
Occasionally a child may be very apprehensive, very young, or have a lot of dental needs. In these cases, some form of sedation may be needed. The various levels of sedation that we offer are as follows
Nitrous Oxide "laughing gas": is breathed in though a nose mask and relaxes your child. It is an extremely safe way to treat an apprehensive child. It is also useful when performing longer procedures.
How does sedation work?
We offer sedation to help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during certain types of procedures. While there are different types of sedation methods including oral sedation (a pill) and IV sedation, we mainly offer "laughing gas" to help. It's inhaled through a mask and can help reduce anxiety and discomfort for the patient.
It's important to know that sedation does not always eliminate pain. It mainly reduces anxiety and discomfort. It's also important to know that sedation may cause side effects such as drowsiness and disorientation, so patients normally need someone to drive them home after a procedure.
If you're looking for a pediatric dentist in your area that offers sedation, please give us a call to request your first appointment.