Will it hurt?
For simple extractions, a local anesthesia is often all that is required for your child to avoid any pain during the procedure. For surgical extractions, we will recommend an in-office sedation by utilizing an oral sedative, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), an IV sedation either conscious or unconscious, or a combination. Our goal is for this process to be painless and non-intimidating.
We will discuss our options for in office sedation with you and your child (when age appropriate). There may be times when, due to your child’s development and age, a local anesthesia may not be enough for even a simple extraction. Be assured that we are experts in pediatric dentistry and have performed over 25,000 in office sedations in our time serving the community. If your child has fears and anxieties about dental care, we take that into consideration as well when discussing what anesthesia or sedation option is most appropriate.