At Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, consults and treatment can often be performed on the same day. Every patient is different, so please call us at 843-973-8236 to talk through your options.
We utilize the following four forms of sedation, depending on the procedure:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, is a safe, mild sedative given nasally with oxygen to help a child become relaxed and receptive during a procedure. Complications are extremely rare and the effect is gone within 5 minutes after administered. Another benefit is that the nosepiece helps block their view of any dental tools being used.
Conscious sedation uses liquid medication to help a child relax during a lengthy procedure. The child drinks a liquid or takes a pill 15-60 minutes prior to their procedure. During the initial appointment, your doctor will explain pre-sedation instructions and review a consent form. Children are not asleep, but are less aware of their surroundings.
Deep IV Sedation In-Office
Deep IV sedation administers medicine through an intravenous injection. This form of sedation puts a child to sleep and makes them completely unaware of their surroundings. We are fortunate to work with a great team of anesthesiologists who specialize in working with children. They make the entire IV sedation experience pleasant and comfortable for parents and kids. Read our patient reviews for IV sedation.
General Anesthesia/Hospital Dentistry
General anesthesia is the administration of anesthetic agents such as intravenous drugs and inhaled gases to make a child unconscious during a procedure. Our dentists perform dental work in a local surgery center for patients who have special needs, are dental phobic, require extensive work or are medically compromised. Outpatient procedures allow a patient to have all required dental work completed and go home the same day. Your doctor will thoroughly review all options and answer all your questions prior to scheduling an appointment. Parents are responsible for scheduling an appointment with a pediatrician to ensure there are no contraindications to general anesthesia.