Sedation Dentistry for Children – Arlington Heights, IL

Making Your Child’s Visits Stress-Free

About 16% of school-age children are afraid of the dentist, which can potentially get in the way of efficient, high quality dental care. When you call to set up an appointment with Dr. Welke, be sure to mention whether your child has particularly bad anxieties related to dental care; if necessary, we can calm them down using one of our three forms of sedation dentitry for children in Arlington Heights, IL. All the options listed below are safe for children.

Child smiling after visiting the sedation dentist

Why Choose Arlington Heights Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Multiple Options in One Location
  • Comfortable Family-Friendly Environment
  • Knowledgeable and Gentle Dentist

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Child receiving nitrous oxide dental sedation

When your child sits down in the dental chair, we’ll place a small mask over their nose, allowing them to breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This sedative will deeply relax them and might even give them the giggles; however, they will still be awake and able to follow our instructions. Nitrous oxide wears off in a few minutes once the mask has been removed, so you can take your child right back to school after their treatment.

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Patient taking oral conscious dental sedation pill

Children who are highly nervous may be given a small pill to take before their appointment. The pill won’t put them to sleep, but they’ll be so relaxed that they could end up dozing off. (We can wake them up if that happens.) They may not even remember what happened during the treatment later. This is a great needle-free option for children with severe dental anxiety, and it is often an ideal choice for lengthier treatments.

IV Dental Sedation

Patient receiving treatment with I V dental sedation

IV sedation is the most powerful form of dental sedation available and is generally reserved for extremely fearful patients and especially long treatments. The sedative will take effect quickly once it enters the bloodstream; we’ll continuously monitor your child’s blood pressure and vitals so that we can adjust the levels as necessary and make sure they aren’t having a negative reaction. It usually takes at least a full day of rest for the effects of IV sedation to completely wear off.