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Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Irene Zaki, DDS -  - General Dentist

Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry

Irene Zaki, DDS

General Dentist & Pediatric Dentist located in Riverside, CA

If your child requires dental surgery or they feel anxious about going to the dentist, experienced dentist Irene Zaki, DDS, and her team have a solution at Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry in Riverside, California. They offer sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to safely put your child at ease and help them relax. Book your child’s next dental appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry by phone or online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry uses nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. It helps your child:

  • Feel relaxed
  • Eliminate dental fears
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Enjoy their dental visit

Nitrous oxide is a very safe sedative for children. Dr. Zaki and her team stay up to date with the latest advances in sedation dentistry to ensure your child receives the best care possible.

What is sedation dentistry used for?

Not all children need sedation during dental visits. To find out if your child might benefit from sedation dentistry, Dr. Zaki and her team review their medical and dental history. 

She gauges your child’s level of dental anxiety and lets you know what to expect during each procedure. Laughing gas can help children who:

  • Have extreme dental anxiety
  • Require a crown or filling
  • Need extraction or another oral surgery
  • Have special needs

Because Dr. Zaki numbs the treatment area prior to invasive procedures, your child won’t feel pain regardless of whether they’re sedated. Dr. Zaki simply offers the service to enhance comfort for a better overall dental experience. 

What should I expect during sedation?

When your child arrives at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry, they’re greeted by warm, welcoming, friendly staff. They lie down in a comfortable, reclining dental chair and can watch a movie if they’d like.

Dr. Zaki gives your child a special mask, or “space mask,” to wear. When they breathe into the mask, which contains oxygen mixed with medication, they feel more relaxed and calm but remain awake. She controls the amount of sedation your child receives during each dental visit.

What happens after nitrous oxide administration?

The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after your child’s procedure is complete. There’s no lasting effects, so they can resume normal everyday activities right away.

If your child experiences dental anxiety or requires a dental procedure, they’re in good hands with the expert team at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today to learn more about sedation dentistry.