We offer children’s sedation dentistry to ease their fears and make their visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Our focus is on creating a calm environment that encourages positive associations with dental care.
Sedation dentistry for children normally involves the use of Nitrous Oxide to help kids relax during dental procedures.
A small mask is fitted over your child’s nose to administer a mixture of Nitrous Oxide ( “laughing gas”) and Oxygen safely.
This makes it non-invasive and comfortable for your child, but for it to be successful it does require the child to accept the mask through the time of the appointment.
Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that induces a state of relaxation, allowing your child to remain conscious and responsive.
One of the main advantages of nitrous oxide is its rapid onset; it usually takes effect within minutes. Its effects wear off quickly once the gas supply is stopped, so your child can usually return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Environment plays a crucial role in successful inhalation sedation for children.
The surroundings need to be calm, relaxing, and inviting to help create a positive and supportive atmosphere.
We’ve designed our practice to feel less clinical and more homely, to put both children and their parents at ease.
Our Dentists are excellent at building trust with our young patients and are always respectful of their personal boundaries.
Our aim is to make every child feel safe and secure, allowing them to approach dental care with confidence.
We truly believe that a positive experience in these formative years can give a strong foundation for good dental health habits that will last a lifetime.
It’s important to note that the success of inhalation sedation is largely dependent on your child’s comfort and willingness to wear a nose mask throughout the duration of their appointment.
This mask is how the nitrous oxide is administered.
For the sedative effects of Nitrous Oxide to work, your child will need to continuously wear it and breathe through it during the appointment.
If your child is uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a nose mask inhalation sedation may not perform as effectively as it should.
Local Anaesthetic is also provided alongside Nitrous Oxide during the appointment.
This local anaesthetic is highly effective in blocking off information signals from the site of treatment, meaning your child will not feel any pain.
It’s important to note that while under sedation and local anaesthesia, your child remains fully conscious throughout the treatment. As a result, they might still experience certain sensations associated with dental treatment.
However, these sensations are quite different from pain. Some children might confuse these sensations with discomfort or pain, but rest assured, what they’re feeling is not actual pain, but just the normal feelings of having dental work done.
As a practice, we ensure to explain these feelings in an understandable way to our young patients, helping to reassure them and make the process as stress-free as possible.
We are proud to be one of the few providers of inhalation sedation for children in Essex.
Our dental practice has been carefully restored so that it doesn’t look, feel or smell like a normal dental clinic, helping to put your child at ease.
As a team, we will aim to see your child within two weeks of first contact.
And if your child is in acute pain, we will do our best to more promptly attend to their dental needs.
Dr Kaly Gengeswaran
BSc (Hons), BDS Lon, PG Dip (Sed)