Your Sedation Options
GIGGLY GAS: NITROUS OXIDE
Let the silliness ensue! Giggly gas, more commonly known as laughing gas or nitrous oxide, offers the most minimal level of sedation. It works extremely well for the majority of our patients and is the best choice for more mature, cooperative patients who are a little anxious. It can also help ease discomfort, decrease the natural gag reflex, and allow kids to have a lot of fun!
OUR SPECIAL JUICE: ORAL SEDATION
Oral dental sedation is the next level of pediatric sedation and offers minimal-to-moderate relaxation levels. Your child will not be asleep, just more relaxed with an increased attention span. Since your child will not be sleeping, we still bring out our whole fun dog-and-pony show to help them have a great experience. This level of sedation is perfect for the anxious child who really wants to cooperate but can’t quite sit still or feel at ease enough to let us get the necessary work done.
The special juice Growing Great Grins uses for oral sedation is a bit different from the agent other pediatric dentists typically use. We have found that it offers safer, deeper, more effective relaxation, and are pleased to offer it to kiddos who really need it, but we do not offer it to children under the age of 3 or anyone with health challenges. To hear more about this sedation option please feel free to call and ask to talk to the doctors. They may not be able to come to the phone, but they would be happy to call you back to discuss it more in depth.
SLEEP DENTISTRY: IV SEDATION
For kiddos who are either too young or too anxious for oral sedation, yet need more help than nitrous oxide can offer, we offer IV sedation. IV sedation is a great option for kids who need a lot of work done because we can complete any and all treatment your child needs in that one visit. To make this a safe and effective experience, we bring a dental anesthesiologist – the preeminent dental anesthesiologists in Houston! – to administer and monitor every IV sedation procedure. We trust him to sedate our own children: could there be a higher recommendation?
Growing Great Grins is proud to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital to offer hospital dentistry to those whose tender age, health, special needs, or behavioral challenges make in-office treatment impossible. In this procedure, your child will be put under general anesthesia in the care of a full hospital anesthesia team. Once your child is asleep in an operating room, our team is on hand to complete any and all necessary dental treatments. While this option is our last resort, it can definitely be a smile saver for kids we can’t work on in any other way.