Compassionate Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Santa Clarita

mixed group of children playing outdoorsDr. Shukan C. Kanuga and our team know that many dental fears and anxieties are formed at a young age. At Kidz Dental Care SCV, we want your kids to look forward to going to the dentist instead of fearing a visit. We offer sedation dentistry for children and those with special needs to ensure they have positive experiences even through complex dental procedures.

From the moment you walk through the door, our team begins working with you to ensure you and your child's comfort and ease throughout your time with us. All of us are more than happy to answer any questions you may have or alleviate any concerns. We work with you to determine the right course of treatment for your child and which sedation option is appropriate.

Our team doesn't want fear or anxiety to keep you from bringing your child in for their regular visits or a needed procedure and do everything we can to make each experience a positive one. If you're looking for pediatric sedation dentistry in Santa Clarita, we have the solutions you're looking for. Contact us today to schedule your child's appointment!


What is Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Santa Clarita?

young boy getting nitrous oxide sedationThe goal of sedation dentistry is to minimize or eliminate anxiety and fear by administering medication when performing a procedure. Our team focuses on providing safe and effective sedation medications to children to help keep long-term dental fears from forming.

Each of our sedation options produces a feeling of calm and ease during any procedure. Should your child require dental treatment, we will work with you to determine the best choice, depending on their fear and need. Our team has extensive experience working with young people and those with special needs to help them feel comfortable in any situation.

What Treatments Do We Offer?

Our primary concern is providing your child with exceptional and calming dental care to help them maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles. We do this by offering two distinct sedation options that treat varying levels of anxiety. Below you will find our sedation options and what to expect with each treatment.

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small, fitted mask over your child's nose. It is also known as "laughing gas," because it produces a general feeling of happiness and euphoria. Your child will be awake during the procedure, allowing them to communicate how they're feeling and if they're ever in any discomfort.

You can expect to see your child enter a state of total relaxation and ease once they are breathing normally through the mask. They will most often also feel a warm sensation as the medication enters their body. When the procedure is complete, the effects will wear off quickly.

IV Sedation: With this method, we bring an anesthesiologist into our office to monitor your child and administer the medication. Because the medicine is placed directly into a vein through an IV, this option works quickly and effectively. We are also able to adjust the amount of sedation throughout the procedure if needed. We recommend this particular treatment for children with higher levels of fear or those with special needs, and when performing more complex procedures.

Upon your visit for treatment, we'll help your child get comfortable and relaxed in our dental chair. Our dentist and anesthesiologist will fully explain everything using age- or need-appropriate language. Once we place the IV and the medication begins to flow, your child will likely fall asleep and have no recollection of the procedure. When they awake, they will be tired and groggy for the next few hours.

Is Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Safe?

As a parent, we understand that your chief concern is the safety and well-being of your child. Dr. Kanuga and our team have extensive experience administering safe and effective sedation medication. We want you and your child to feel completely comfortable not only when they have a procedure done but also in the process of determining what treatments are right. Our Santa Clarita sedation dentistry experts are always available when you need us.

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Dentistry

young boy playing outside his houseOur team commits to offering innovative and minimally invasive treatment options for your children. We specialize in no-drill dentistry and provide various solutions to help your child maintain or repair their oral health. One of our treatment options is using the silver modified atraumatic resin technique (SMART} to stop a cavity from progressing. We apply silver diamine fluoride to the cavity to eliminate the decay and a glass ionomer composite (GIC) to restore strength and aesthetics. SMART fillings require no needles for anesthetic or drilling to fix the cavity.

Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Santa Clarita You Can Trust

At Kidz Dental Care SCV, our priorities are providing children and those with special needs with dental treatments that help alleviate fear, are minimally invasive, and lay a foundation of dental care that will last a lifetime. Dr. Kanuga and our team are dedicated to building lasting relationships with your children, so they always feel as comfortable as possible when visiting us. If you're looking for pediatric sedation dentistry in Santa Clarita, contact our office today to schedule your child's appointment!



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