Sedation Dentistry in
Washington, D.C., Richmond and Temple Hills

Our specially trained team offers a variety of sedation options to ensure a safe, comfortable dental visit for children of all ages. For sedation dentistry in Richmond and Temple Hills or Washington, D.C., call your local office today.

At Kiddie Cavity Care and Orthodontics, we put your child’s comfort and well-being first. That is why we are proud to offer sedation dentistry and ensure your child’s treatment experience is as painless and anxiety-free as possible. Depending on your child’s unique needs, we may recommend laughing gas, oral sedation, IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Dental anxiety in children is perfectly normal, but it should not prevent them from receiving the care they deserve. Sedation dentistry can help put your child at ease during treatment and overcome their fears. Our office offers the following options:

  • Local Anesthesia: Local anesthetic is a medication that we inject into the treatment site to numb it and the surrounding area. Your child will remain awake under the local anesthetic but will experience no pain during the procedure. The effects typically wear off in a few hours.
  • Laughing Gas: Combined with oxygen and delivered through a mask, laughing gas is a gentle sedation method that helps your child relax during treatment. The effects of laughing gas include a general feeling of giddiness or deep relaxation and wear off quickly after treatment. We use laughing gas with local anesthesia to make sure your child is comfortable.
  • Oral Sedation: This sedation method is taken in a pill and puts your child in a state of deep relaxation. Your child will feel drowsy or sleepy, but patients typically remain awake during treatment. We recommend this form of sedation to children who experience dental anxiety or require more invasive treatment in order to put them at ease.
  • IV Sedation: We will administer the medication through your child’s vein, ensuring the sedation goes to work faster and more effectively. This method also allows our staff to easily adjust the level of sedation as necessary throughout your child’s treatment.
  • General Anesthesia: General anesthesia will put your child in a sleep-like state during treatment. This powerful anesthetic is usually reserved for invasive procedures or for children with severe anxiety that cannot be treated with other forms of sedation. It is also a recommended option for special needs patients whose physical, emotional, cognitive or other issues make receiving treatment difficult under standard circumstances. It can be administered in our office or at the hospital, depending on your child’s needs.

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So good with kids and honest... my favorite part is how they take x-rays... no film like back in the day... the machine goes around the child's head. I am loving this place!

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I give it 5 stars because I love taking my daughter there. They are very friendly and the Doctor is very good and professional. Professional. Thank you!

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My 1 year old daughter Kaidon Rose loves this dentist office! The staff is so nice and friendly!! The doctor is beyond amazing and he was great to Kaidon Rose!! We were basically in and out in less than an hour!
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