Dental care is important for children, whether it’s a routine cleaning and exam or a necessary treatment to restore an issue such as a cavity. Some children may not be able to tolerate dental treatment in a traditional dental setting. This may be because of their age, medical history or because they are scared. When your child is young, has special health care needs or is scared, they might not be able to sit still, or they might not be cooperative. To ensure your child’s safety during their dental treatment, Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry offers anesthesia options. We use nitrous oxide gas and offer general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist in office and also general anesthesia services at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. We also use the Solea Laser, which allows for little to no pain in many treatments.
Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is a very safe and effective form of sedation. It can help your child feel less anxious and make receiving dental treatment a more comfortable experience. We utilize Nitrous Oxide frequently for treatment and find that we rarely need to use any other types of oral sedation.
In some cases, general anesthesia may be recommended for children. This is a type of sedation where your child is put completely to sleep for the duration of their treatment. General anesthesia is typically reserved for children who need a lengthy or complex treatment. It may also be recommended if your child has a condition that prohibits them from being able to cooperate or follow instructions, or if your child’s procedure cannot otherwise be performed safely.
Solea’s innovative technology lets dentists operate in an entirely new way. By eliminating the needle, drill, and noise from routine procedures, the Solea patient experience has evolved to be dread-free. Solea dentists report that they are performing 95% of hard and soft tissue procedures completely anesthesia-free, a claim never before made. We can provide your child with the care they need safely and help them feel less anxious. You don’t have to worry about your child fussing, crying, or screaming while undergoing dental treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about anesthesia treatment options for your child, contact Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 406-224-4272 today.