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Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry
Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry


Patient satisfied with the results of her dental procedure that used sedation.Using sedation in dentistry helps our young patients be calm and comfortable, during which their safety is our highest concern. At Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in giving a child the minimum sedation necessary while maintaining their comfort. Minimizing any discomfort can be a very helpful tool in dentistry allowing us to complete needed dental treatments with minimal to no anxiety.

What Is Sedation?


We offer a wide variety of options to help your child feel calm during dental treatment. Many of our patients express concern at the idea of their child being put to sleep through sedation. Sedation does not only mean putting to sleep. Using varying medicine, we can relieve pain, numb the area being treated, and help your child feel relaxed, helping them be more comfortable during dental treatment.

When Is Sedation Used?


We use sedation to help our young patients feel more at ease, but the other benefit is that it allows us to complete more steps during their appointment, meaning less time in the chair.

We will recommend sedation when:

•  completing larger procedures such as fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions and periodontal treatments

•  working with patients who are more fearful, have a lower pain tolerance, have a strong gag reflex, have various physical handicaps or are not at an age that they can understand what we are doing.
•  working with patients who find it difficult to stay still.


Using appropriate sedation is a recommended process by the American Dental Association as needed to help a patient feel at ease. Prior to treatment, it is important to inform us of any and all medical concerns, medications, or treatments before using a sedative or anesthetic. Our dentists, Dr. Chris Lugo and Associates and Dr. Lugo, Dr. Kramar, Dr. Farmer, Dr. Slaven, Dr. Johannsen, and Dr. Woody
will discuss the varying options and the process of sedation including both pre- and post-sedation instructions before treatment.

Forms of Sedation


At Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, we offer varying types of sedation starting with local numbing anesthetic, and inhalants, oral sedatives, general anesthetic, and IV sedation.

General Anesthetic


Most often referred to as a local anesthetic, this form of sedation is known for its needle, it 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.

Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, is a conscious sedative that can be inhaled during dental treatment.

The mixture used today won’t give you the giggles, but it is very safe and effective. Nitrous oxide is a gas administered with a blend of oxygen, it induces a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. It is a very mild sedative, so patients are awake and can talk to their dentist during treatment.

After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects of the gas wear off almost immediately. Very rare side effects may include minor nausea and constipation. We will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Oral Sedatives


Taken by mouth, our younger patients can receive an oral sedative through a drink that is mixed with juice. This sedation requires no needles and is easy to swallow. Oral sedatives are not a sleep inducing medication, but can often relax a child enough that they fall asleep.

IV Sedation


We offer this service in-house. IV Sedation guarantees your child will 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:

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

Monroe
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

Stanwood
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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