Sedation Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Jamshidi with son in dental chair

Dream Smiles Pediatric Dentistry of Gaithersburg provides sedation dentistry for children in Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 301-327-1003.

We provide all of our patients with gentle, compassionate care. In most cases, this is enough to help children overcome their fears of seeing the dentist. However, for patients who require extensive dental treatment, have severe anxiety, or have special needs, we offer safe sedation dentistry. 

If you believe your child will require sedation dentistry for their procedure, please contact us ahead of time so we can discuss the appropriate level of sedation with you before their appointment.

Local Anesthesia

Topical and injected anesthetics are a safe and effective way to numb a targeted area for a short period of time so that your child’s dental procedure is pain-free.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used form of dental sedation for pediatric patients. It provides the ideal level of relaxation as well as some analgesic effects. Your child's nose is covered with a small mask that allows them to breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Within minutes, they’ll begin to feel relaxed, but once the mask is removed at the end of treatment, the effects will wear off just as quickly. Children report feeling calm and sometimes silly, and some may experience tingling sensations in the limbs, and light-headedness.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious oral sedation is employed for patients requiring more relaxation assistance than what nitrous oxide provides. On the day of the oral sedation appointment, your child must not eat or drink anything (NPO). Dr. Jamshidi administers low doses of the sedative Midazolam, with the dosage carefully determined by your child's weight. She administers this medication to her patients 10-20 minutes before their scheduled appointment and the commencement of the procedure. Although your child will stay awake and aware of their environment, they will experience a sense of calm. It is important to allow your child to rest for the remainder of the day following the conscious oral sedation.

General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry

Patients who require extensive dental treatment or who have special needs may benefit from general anesthesia, which is performed in a hospital setting by an anesthesiology team. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, we can discuss the risks and benefits with you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Sedation Dentistry