Wheaton Kids Sedation Dentistry

Every child reacts differently to the dentist, especially for major procedures like teeth extractions and root canals. If your child experiences dental anxiety or wants to eliminate the possibility of pain, DPD Smiles offers multiple options for kids’ sedation dentistry in Wheaton.

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By employing safe and effective methods like nitrous oxide, general anesthesia, and IV sedation, we make it possible for even the most upset or nervous patients to enjoy a successful, comfortable dental appointment.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, has become a popular dental tool for young children. This mild sedative is a colorless, odorless gas that helps patients relax and stay calm without going to sleep.

Parents feel comfortable with nitrous oxide because it doesn’t require an IV or injection. Instead, it’s easily administered with oxygen through a face mask. As soon as a child inhales nitrous oxide, it slows the body’s reaction time and minimizes responses to pain and fear. This helps young children separate from their anxiety and coast through dental treatments with a smile.

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IV Sedation for Kids and Teens

IV sedation involves administering a sedative through a vein to help the medication work quickly. The amount of sedative used is carefully tailored to each patient to reduce the risk of complications and side effects. IV sedation can help relax our young patients for any type of dental procedure.

There are many benefits to IV sedation, including:

  • Patients can still respond to the dentist
  • Easy recovery period
  • Reduces the gag reflex
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Stronger sedative effect than nitrous oxide

Dr. Brady and our pediatric anesthesiologist can administer IV Sedation. We are partnered with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA). If you are curious as to what a typical IV sedation appointment looks like, please check out their IV sedation tour here.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a management technique that helps your child stay asleep while receiving dental care. Here at DPD Smiles, we recommend general anesthesia for our young patients who struggle with severe anxiety or difficulty cooperating during dental procedures. These children may be young, have compromised health, or have special needs.

With DPD Smiles, general anesthesia will be provided by our Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, ensuring your child gets the best care possible. The DPD Smiles team also adheres to the current general anesthesia guidelines set by the American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Wheaton Children's Anesthesiologist

Pediatric Anesthesiologists are specially trained to handle special needs patients, infants and children. They are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of college, then 4 years of medical school, followed by 4-5 years of training in anesthesiology. This includes specialty training in pediatric (infants and children) anesthesiology. This typically includes more than 12,000 hours of clinical training.

Here at DPD Smiles, we are incredibly fortunate to have a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist on staff. Dr. Ann is a member of the Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates.

"What sets DPD Smiles apart from other children's sedation dentists?"

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    Specialists in Their Field

    We believe in employing specialists in each field of dentistry we provide. Our oral surgeon Dr. Brady has gone through extensive anesthesia training and we have a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Dr. Ann. Her level of training, experience, and expertise allows us to ensure patient safety and provide top-level care for all patients undergoing any type of sedation dentistry.

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    Stay in Your Familiar Dental Home

    You can receive nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia in our office. This means your child can stay in their familiar dental home and doesn't have to go to a surgery center or hospital where their anxiety could heighten. In addition, hospitals and outpatient surgery centers often don't guarantee you'll see a pediatric anesthesiologist, where we do.

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    Get More Treatment Done in Less Visits

    For children with difficulty at the dentist and for those with special needs, we sometimes break up appointments when they need more than one treatment done. This can make seeing the dentist more manageable and less stressful. However, under sedation, we can often get all treatment done in one visit.

Meet our Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Dr. Ann Ruscher, MD

Dr. Ann Ruscher, MD is new to our practice but boasts over 20 years experience! We are very excited to have her expertise and gentle nature join our team. Dr. Ruscher assists IV sedation patients to ensure high-quality, safe and efficient care. Dr. Ruscher graduated from Texas A&M University. She obtained both her medical degree and completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Wisconsin. She is also certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and completed her pediatric sub-specialty certificate back in 2014. Read Dr. Ruscher's full biography here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Pediatric anesthesiologists have specialized training in pediatrics (infants and children). Pediatric anesthesiologists take care of children of all ages from newborn to teenagers and are experienced in the special needs of children (and their families) at different ages. This level of specialized training is crucial to us at DPD Smiles and to the safety of our young patients.

We are partnered with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) who have some of the most experienced special-needs anesthesiologists in the country. The anesthesiologists of PDAA have years of experience in caring for patients with special needs and about 30% of their patients have a special needs diagnosis including Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other syndromes. 

Our anesthesiologists are well versed in quickly reintegrating your child back into their routine after their procedure as well.

Our doctors will carefully review your child’s medical history and will inform you if your child is a good candidate. Your child’s safety is our top priority.

When going to the hospital or an outpatient surgery center, most often there is not a guarantee that your child will be assisted by a pediatric anesthesiologist. With DPD Smiles, you're able to stay in your dental home and not have to venture to the hospital for sedation. This is because we have a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist on staff and hospital grade surgical equipment in our office to complete treatment.

Yes. Pediatric anesthesiologists are trained to work on newborns, infants, children and teens.

The professionals at DPD Smiles take every measure possible to keep our DPD Rockstars safe, comfortable, and relaxed during dental procedures. Call our pediatric dentist in Wheaton today to learn more about these options and find out which one is best for your child.

Ensuring your child's safety by partnering with:

Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates