At Brushin’ on Belmont, we value our patients and aim to give them an educational and enjoyable experience in our office. We pride ourselves on being able to tailor treatment to each child’s specific needs. Our ability to cater to individual children makes us that much more unique.
One of the specialties that we can offer is oral conscious sedation dentistry. Sedation can be useful to kids who get anxious about the dentist, very young children, and children with special needs. Our very own Dr. Robert Govoni is one of the few pediatric dental specialists in Chicago able to offer in-office oral conscious sedation.
There are three different types of analgesia/sedation that we offer. They include nitrous oxide/oxygen, oral conscious sedation, and outpatient general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen, known as laughing gas, helps relax kids before their dental treatment. It is given through a small breathing mask, which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The gas is mild, easily taken, and quickly eliminated from the body with normal breathing.
Oral conscious sedation is a great alternative to undergoing general anesthesia in the hospital. Dr. Govoni has extensive training in the use of oral sedatives and performs these procedures on a regular basis. Over his many years of practice, Dr. Govoni has successfully and safely treated patients with oral conscious sedation, thus preventing the use of general anesthesia at the hospital.
Oral conscious sedation works for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is administered by mouth in a liquid form. It helps calm children and reduces anxiety or discomfort. Children may become drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious. There are a variety of different medications that can be used for conscious sedation, and Dr. Govoni will prescribe the medication that is best suited for your child’s health and dental treatment.
The third option, outpatient general anesthesia, is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs who would not be candidates for oral conscious sedation. This general anesthesia renders your child completely asleep and is performed at Lurie Children’s Hospital with an anesthesiologist and Dr. Govoni.
If any of these methods of sedation dentistry sound suitable for your child’s needs, call our office at (773) 281-9800 or click here to request an appointment.