We offer three different forms of sedation. If you would like more information on the varying forms of sedation please discuss with the doctor.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If your child requires restorative procedures (fillings, extractions, crowns), Dr. Port will likely use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective mild sedative used in pediatric dentistry. Nitrous oxide can help improve cooperation by helping your child to relax. When your child is able to be relaxed during treatment it results in your child having a good experience.
In certain situations a child may need extra help to cooperate during dental treatment for these children our office offers oral sedation. The doctor will discuss this option with each parent and help the parents to make the decision if this is best for their child.
Dr. Port may recommend general anesthesia for your child to have their dental needs addressed. General anesthesia allows your child to be asleep when Dr. Port completes their restorations. General anesthesia may be recommended if your child has extensive dental needs, is too young to cooperate or is very anxious about receiving dental care. We are happy to be able to offer two options for general anesthesia. We can complete some cases right in our office. We work with Care Point Anesthesia Group and they provide in office general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist. This is a link to their website carepointanesthesia.com. For those children who are not able to have their work completed in the office Dr. Port may recommend your child be seen at Zeeland Community Hospital.
If you feel that your child would benefit from this, please talk with Dr. Port or one of our staff members.