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Sedation Dentistry

Really cute girl with good teeth. When it comes to sedation, we, at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, believe in giving a child the minimum sedation necessary while maintaining their comfort. This can be a very helpful tool in dentistry since sedation allows our young patients to get dental treatments performed with minimal to no anxiety.

What is Sedation

Using varying medicine, we are able to relieve pain, numb, and relax your child, helping them be more comfortable during dental treatment.

When is Sedation used?

Sedation is used for:
•  larger or more extensive procedures like fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions and periodontal treatments
•  patients who have dental phobias, low pain tolerance, physical handicaps, are not at an age to understand what we are doing, or who have a strong gag reflex
•  patients that find it difficult to sit still

Sedation is a recommended process by the American Dental Association as an effective way to help patients feel more comfortable during their dental visit. Please inform us of any and all medical concerns, medications, or treatments before using a sedative or anesthetic. Our dentists, Chris Lugo, DMD, Jenny-Lee Kramar, BDS, Kendra E. Farmer, DDS, Kristin Johannsen, DDS, MSD, Chad Slaven, DDS, MSD and Kevin Woody, DMD will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.

We offer varying types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, oral sedatives, general anesthetic, and IV sedation.

"Laughing Gas" (Nitrous Oxide)

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their Marysville, Monroe, Lake Stevens and Stanwood sedation dentistry visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Oral Sedatives

An oral medication that is drunk by the patients, mixed with a juice. This sedation requires no needles, which is often preferred by our young patients. The reaction to this sedation varies, and we never know how a child will react. Some children fall asleep, some don't.

General Anesthetic

Often known for its needle, this is the most typical sedative we use. It numbs the area, the child feels little to no discomfort, and the effects wear off within 1-2 hours following the procedure.

IV Sedation

We offer this service in house, this sedation guarantees the child to sleep through the entire process. We are able to do all work needed and they experience no discomfort.

For more information on Sedation Dentistry, and how we can help your child get the work they need done and not feel pain, contact our dentists, Chris Lugo, DMD, Jenny-Lee Kramar, BDS, Kendra E. Farmer, DDS, Kristin Johannsen, DDS, MSD, Chad Slaven, DDS, MSD and Kevin Woody, DMD, at one of our pediatric dentistry locations:


919 State Ave #104, Marysville, WA 98270
Phone: (360) 659-8100


14090 Fryelands Blvd Suite 348, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 863-8700

Lake Stevens

9421 N Davies Rd Suite A, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: (425) 367-4149


7104 265th Street NW. #110 Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: (360) 339-8000

We want to help you succeed in starting your child on the right path for their dental care.

We Look Forward To Meeting You

Our front office staff is happy to discuss our services with you. Our dentists are here to serve your children and teens. For more information, contact one of our multiple Seattle area offices.


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