Sedation Dentistry in Sumner and Richland, WA

Helping children conquer dental fears and phobias.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be stressful!

Here at Smile Surfers, we strive to make your child’s dental visits a walk on the beach using positive behavior techniques, creating a fun environment, and more.

However, we understand some children don’t tolerate dental treatment well and need more assistance, which is why we offer sedation dentistry.

Sedation aims to help your kiddo remain calm and comfortable during their visit. It may be suitable for your child if they have:

  • Severe dental anxiety
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Special needs
  • Multiple treatments

Contact us to see if sedation dentistry is suitable for your little surfer.

Dive In With Confidence

Sedation dentistry can help your little surfer:

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Overcome Fears

Sedation dentistry helps your child build trust regarding the dentist and dental treatments, which can ultimately help them overcome barriers and establish life-long healthy dental habits.

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Sedation should put your child in a state of relaxation, allowing them to sit through the appointment and be unaware of the tasks at hand.

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Complete Treatment

If your kid struggles with dental treatments, this option may allow our pediatric dentists to complete more treatments in one go and minimize the need for additional appointments.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

We’ll help you choose the best one for your child.

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, offers a mild level of sedation.

Your child will inhale it through a nosepiece, helping them feel calm during their procedure. The dentist can adjust the level of sedation to match your child’s comfort level.

With nitrous oxide, your child will remain awake and be able to communicate or respond to the dentist’s instructions.

*Available at our Richland & Sumner locations.

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Oral Conscious Sedation

This type offers a mild to moderate sedation level.

Oral conscious sedation helps your child feel very relaxed and able to sit still through their appointment. They may also feel drowsy and even fall asleep, but the sedative itself won’t make them unconscious. We’ll closely monitor them throughout the appointment to ensure their safety. Afterward, they’ll have little memory of the appointment.

*Available at our Richland location.

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a strong sedative that an anesthesiologist administers in the office. It may be recommended for your child depending on:

  • Their needs
  • The extent of the procedures
  • The type of work they need
  • Their age

Your child will be closely monitored throughout the visit to ensure their safety. Afterward, they’ll have no memory of the procedure.

*Available at our Richland & Sumner locations.

Why Do Parents Trust Us?

We always put your child's comfort and safety first.

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With or without sedation dentistry, our goal is to provide your child with the best experience and highest quality dental care. We make this happen through:

  • Positive reinforcements: We use positive behavior techniques to earn your child’s trust and eliminate negative connotations with going to the dentist.

  • Personalized experience: We strive to build a personal connection with your kiddo and make every visit fun.

  • Specialized training: Our dentists have received specialized training and techniques in pediatric dentistry, allowing them to treat children from ages 1-18 from all backgrounds and needs.

What else is there to love about the Smile Surfers difference? 

They were great with my 5-year-old! He was never scared. They made him feel welcomed and kept him occupied while he had to have his teeth extensively worked on.

Heidi W., 5-Star Google Review

Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry?

We have answers.

Dental Visits Made Easier

Contact us if you believe your child could benefit from sedation dentistry.