Sedation Dentistry

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Pediatric Dentistry in Cary, NC


At Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that some children may experience anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist. To ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience for our young patients, we offer sedation dentistry services for children, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation, in Cary, NC, and surrounding areas. Led by Dr. Richard F. Brooks and Dr. Ritu Chandak, our team provides gentle and compassionate care while utilizing safe and effective sedation techniques to help children relax during their dental appointments.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry or conscious sedation, involves administering sedative medications to help patients relax and feel more at ease during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas,” is one of the most widely used forms of sedation in dentistry. It is a safe and effective option for reducing anxiety and discomfort in children.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask we will place over the patient’s nose. As the child breathes in the nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture, they will feel calm and relaxed. Nitrous oxide has mild sedative and analgesic effects, helping to alleviate anxiety and minimize discomfort during dental procedures. One of the advantages of nitrous oxide sedation is that its effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed, allowing children to resume their normal activities without lingering drowsiness.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Children

Reduced Anxiety: Nitrous oxide sedation helps children feel more relaxed and comfortable, making it easier to undergo dental treatments without fear or apprehension.


Pain Relief: Nitrous oxide has mild analgesic properties, which can help alleviate discomfort during dental procedures, such as fillings or extractions.


Quick Onset and Recovery: Nitrous oxide takes effect rapidly, usually within minutes of administration, and its effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed. This allows children to return to normal activities shortly after their dental appointment.


Safe and Effective: When administered by trained dental professionals, nitrous oxide is considered a safe sedation option for children. It has been used in dentistry for decades and has a proven safety and efficacy track record.


Controlled Sedation Levels: One advantage of nitrous oxide is that its sedative effects can be easily adjusted during the dental procedure to ensure the child remains comfortable and relaxed without being overly sedated.


Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Right for Your Child?

Nitrous oxide sedation is suitable for most children, especially those who experience dental anxiety or have difficulty sitting still for extended periods. However, it may not be appropriate for children with certain medical conditions or respiratory problems. During the initial consultation, our dentists will carefully evaluate your child’s medical history and dental needs to determine if nitrous oxide sedation is the best option for them.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Dr. Chandak at Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry specializes in oral conscious sedation, a safe and effective method for managing anxiety in children during dental procedures. With extensive training and expertise in pediatric sedation dentistry, Dr. Chandak ensures that children remain relaxed and comfortable throughout their treatment.

Oral conscious sedation is a type of sedation dentistry that involves administering medication orally to help patients relax and feel comfortable during dental procedures. The medication induces a state of moderate relaxation while allowing the patient to remain conscious and responsive throughout the treatment.

To maintain the highest standards in sedation dentistry, Dr. Chandak diligently keeps up with the latest advancements by attending continuing education courses and staying current with her Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. Parents can trust Dr. Chandak’s expertise and commitment to providing exceptional dental care in a safe and supportive environment for their children.

Experience Gentle and Compassionate Sedation Dentistry

We prioritize the comfort and well-being of our young patients. Dr. Richard F. Brooks and Dr. Ritu Chandak are dedicated to providing gentle and compassionate dental care, including nitrous oxide sedation, for children in Cary, NC, and surrounding areas. Both doctors have pursued additional training and attained Board Certification as Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, demonstrating their expertise in administering sedation techniques tailored to children’s unique needs. At our practice, we aspire to create an environment where your child feels comfortable and at ease, ensuring their dental experience is positive and devoid of negative associations.

We believe in building strong relationships with our patients and their families, treating everyone as part of our extended family. We know the importance of creating a comfortable and confident environment for all our families and instilling trust and peace of mind in the care we provide each day.

Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Cary, NC

If you believe your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We are committed to helping your child achieve a healthy smile in a relaxed and supportive environment.
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