Your Child's Comfort: Sedation and Oral Surgery

Whether your child is undergoing oral surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah, or is simply over-anxious during their treatment, Dr. Ryan Johansen may recommend one of our common sedation methods. Alongside our anesthesiologist, Dr. Gutzman, Rose Park Pediatric Dentistry can help make sure your child is safe and cared for throughout their procedure. Meet with our pediatric dentist and schedule an appointment at 801-519-2222.

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help your child feel more relaxed and calm during their visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your child’s individual needs and preferences:


Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. You simply inhale the gas during your treatment to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.

Oral sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before treatment. By the time of your child’s appointment, they will feel calm and at ease.

Available at our Jordan Landing practice, IV sedation involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). This type of sedation enables our pediatric dentist to provide the sedation more quickly, and we can also easily control the level of sedation to ensure that your child stays comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make them unconscious, but they may feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during treatment. They may also not remember all of the details of their visit.


Sedation dentistry will help your child feel more comfortable during their treatment. Our experienced pediatric dentist and team will ensure that their entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor your child during your visit.

If your child suffers from dental anxiety, if they have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past or if they simply feel nervous about their treatment, sedation dentistry can help them feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex.

For more information on sedation dentistry and how it can make your child’s dental experience more pleasant, we welcome you to contact us today.

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