Children's Sedation in Austin, TX

Over the years, we’ve learned that every child’s reaction to dental visits is as unique as they are. Dr. Jared Poplin and our team dedicate themselves to doing everything possible to keep your child relaxed, but it’s not unusual for a child to need a little extra help to stay calm. Some children often benefit from some form of sedation to keep them comfortable and safe.

As a parent, you probably have concerns and hesitations about sedating your child. We understand your concern, but you can be confident that Dr. Poplin and our team have many years of experience providing kids with safe and effective sedation.

Children's Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is as effective and safe for a young child as it is for adults. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes it as a safe and effective technique for minimizing children’s anxiety. With nitrous oxide (laughing gas or happy air) your child will not get “knocked out” or go to sleep. The effects of the colorless, odorless gas just calm them enough so that we can make the most out of their time in the dental chair while minimizing their stress.

An important benefit of sedation with nitrous oxide is that it works quickly and wears off a couple minutes after treatment with no after effects. Our professional team is trained to handle the needs of fearful children and will stay at your child’s side at all times to support them and monitor their progress. Since nausea can be a side effect of nitrous oxide, we recommend that your child not have a heavy meal prior to their appointment. 

Other Types of Sedation

We want to provide the appropriate care for children with all types of needs, so we tailor their sedation accordingly. Nitrous oxide is very effective, but some children may benefit from oral conscious sedation. In this case, Dr. Poplin can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for your child to take before the appointment.

In some cases, a child with special needs or one who needs extensive dental work can benefit from in-hospital treatment with general anesthesia. While this may sound a bit intimidating, it is actually a wonderful way for your child to have several treatments done at one time with absolutely no memory of the procedures.

Please Contact Us for an Appointment

We are now in network with a few major insurance companies.  We will be happy to assist you in filing your claims even if you are not in network.  If you have any questions about our insurance processing, please feel free to contact our office. If you’re uninsured, we’ll be happy to talk to you about CareCredit, an interest-free financing option that allows you to break down the cost of treatment into manageable monthly payments.

If your child is due for a dental exam, but you’re worried that they won’t respond well, please give our Austin dental office a call. Your apprehension may have more to do with your own feelings about dentistry, so we’ll help put your mind at ease by explaining all the ways we work to make all of your child’s dental visits a success.