Oral Sedation & Anesthesia

Sedation or anesthesia helps nervous children receive the treatment they need.

With years of experience, Dr. Farmer can determine the best method of treatment for your child. Feel free to ask Dr. Farmer the best approach for your child.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

This sedation, often referred to as ‘laughing gas’, is colorless odorless gas that is breathed in through a nasal hood to reduce anxiety. At Scuba Smiles, a personal nasal hood is provided to each child. Nitrous oxide can be used alone, or as an adjunct with oral sedation. In this way the sedation can be adjusted and titrated for each child.

Dr. Lela Farmer is a board-certified pediatric dentist

Sedation helps calm the nerves of fearful young patients

Kids feel alert as soon as the laughing gas is stopped

Pediatric Oral Sedation

For the potentially cooperative child, oral sedation works well. These children can do simple things like cleanings, x-rays, and sit independently for short exams. But, like most children, they have difficulty sitting still for more than 5-10 minutes. An oral medication is given to relax the child and will help them endure longer procedures without getting anxious.

Creates a relaxed experience for the child, eliminating anxiety and discomfort
Sedation helps children receive the treatment they need
Helps kids endure longer procedures rather than having to return for multiple appointments

Pediatric General Anesthesia

Dr. Farmer works with an anesthesiologist to provide a comfortable and successful appointment for children who benefit from being asleep for treatment.

A wonderful option for very young children, very anxious children, or those with complex needs.
Allows your child to sleep through treatment, eliminating anxiety and struggle.
Enables your child to predictably receive the treatment they need.

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