Pediatric Sedation Dentistry

We use a “tell, show, do” philosophy to keep your child calm and at ease. We also provide options in pediatric sedation!

Keeping Kids Calm

Young children (and many adults) are naturally apprehensive about dental treatment. At Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we use a “tell, show, do” philosophy.

First, we “tell” by explaining the next step in words your child understands. Then we “show” them what we will be doing. It may be using an instrument on their finger. Then, we “do” the procedure. This is the best way to earn your child’s trust.

Some procedures may still be too stressful for your child. We have many options to help ease your child’s mind!

Options in Pediatric Sedation Dentistry

We are proud to offer nitrous oxide sedation in pediatric dentistry! We can use nitrous oxide analgesia (happy gas) for children with minimal anxiety. Although, the more anxious patients may benefit from conscious sedation in the office.

Medication is given in the office which relaxes the child but they are not “asleep.” Longer procedures, treatment for very young children, and kids with medical issues may be best treated under general anesthesia (asleep). A pediatric anesthesiologist will provide the anesthesia while our dental team performs the treatment safely.

If your child requires anesthesia, all of the options will be fully discussed with you before the appointment is scheduled. Your child’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns.

If you’re seeking pediatric sedation dentistry near you, we encourage you to reach out to us today!

Still have questions about sedation dentistry?

We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you and your child to know your options! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. 

Dr. Sierra, Dr. Kwon, Dr. Pettit and our team are here to help guide you and your child. We offer kinder, gentler dentistry for kids and teens. It is our goal that your child develops and maintains a positive association with dental care and we do everything we can to create a pleasant, supportive, and fun environment for our little patients.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Let’s get started. Visit us in Town & Country, South Tampa, North Tampa or Bradenton!