Sedation Dentistry

Children’s Sedation Dentistry Near Centennial and Littleton


At Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that visiting the dentist can be scary and intimidating for young children. Our pediatric dentists are committed to making each of our patient’s dental experience as easy and comfortable as possible. We offer sedation dentistry to children who are fearful, fidgety, have low pain tolerance, physical handicaps, or exhibit strong gag reflexes.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. The types of procedures often requiring sedation include:

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Root canals
  • Extractions
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Periodontal treatments

Before your child is given a sedative or anesthetic, it is important for you to tell us about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before we administer any sedative or anesthetic, your pediatric dentist will talk with you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA), sedation dentistry is a safe and very effective way to make your child comfortable during his or her dental visit. We offer sedation dentistry at our two pediatric dentistry offices in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines, where we see patients from Littleton, Centennial Park, the surrounding areas.

The Types of Sedation Offered at Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide, which is more commonly known as laughing gas, is used as a conscious sedation during a dental visit. The gas is mixed with oxygen and administered via a small mask that fits over the nose. It works by calming down the frightened or anxious patient so he/she can relax while receiving the dental care needed. Because nitrous oxide is a mild sedation, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. Once the treatment is finished, we turn off the gas and administer oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes to help clear out any remaining nitrous oxide. The effects wear off very rapidly. There are rarely any side effects with nitrous oxide, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation.

General Anesthesia

Our practice works with CarePoint Anesthesia, a group of highly trained anesthesiologists that specialize in providing children with advanced anesthesia services that are the same as those provided in a hospital, all in the comfort of our offices and at a fraction of the cost. General anesthesia involves administering medication that puts the patient into a deep sleep or an unconscious state. During the procedure, the child will be completely asleep and unaware of any treatment being performed. General anesthesia is the same type of sedation used when removing tonsils. General anesthesia is most commonly used for:

  • Patients who are extremely anxious or fearful
  • Patients requiring extensive dental treatment
  • Patients who are unable to cooperate or follow directions
  • Patients with uncontrollable body movements
  • Patients that need several dental procedures done all at the same time

To learn more about CarePoint Anesthesia, please visit their website.

Questions About Our Sedation Dentistry? Contact Your Centennial, CO Kids’ Dentist!

If you have any questions about the sedation dentistry we offer at Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, please feel free to contact us as we’re always more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We have been providing exceptional pediatric dental care to patients across the greater Denver area for longer than 30 years. If it’s time for your child to see the dentist, please complete our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon and providing your child with the dental care he or she needs to achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile!