Sedation Options

LAUGHING GAS (Nitrous-Oxide)

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken and with normal breathing, is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling laughing gas, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition. Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child, as they may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen. Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment

IV Sedation

Pediatric Sedation That You Can Trust

Unlike general anesthesia, IV sedation is not intended to make your child unconscious or unresponsive. During IV sedation, your child’s breathing and airway are minimally affected and they continue to adequately breathe on their own throughout the procedure.

Exceeding Standards

Raising the safety bar

Capital Pediatric Dentistry follows and actually exceeds the protocol and criteria mandated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Dental Board of California for safe performance of IV sedation in the dental office.

Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment including: a pulse oximeter (blood oxygen monitor), a capnograph (respiration monitor), an electrocardiogram (heart monitor) and a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure monitor) as well as resuscitative medications and equipment. In fact, our office has been specifically built to safely provide IV sedation to children including a separate recovery room for post-operative care and an emergency generator in case of power outage.

Dr. Crippen is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and maintains a certificate in IV “conscious” sedation issued by the Dental Board of California. He is also certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

The following is a list of expected side effects after sedation:
– Irritability and/or crying. This is common. Please console your child as this irritability will pass.

– Sleeping more than normal for the remainder of the day. Please be sure to keep him/her on their side while sleeping. You or a responsible adult should stay with your child while he or she is sleeping.

– Your child may experience double vision and/or may lack coordination. Do not allow your child to perform any activities which require coordination.

– Your child may be nauseous and/or may vomit. Keep your child hydrated with plenty of CLEAR liquids for the remainder of the day.

The following is a list of expected side effects after dental treatment:

– Irritated, inflamed, swollen and/or discolored gum tissue (white/red/dark brown).

– Slight bleeding around fillings, crowns, extraction sites and/or space maintainers.

– Pain/discomfort around fillings, crowns, extraction sites and/or space maintainers.

– Numb lips, cheeks and/or tongue. *Please monitor your child to prevent him/her from biting themselves while numb (~2 hours after the procedure)*

The following will help to relieve above side effects:

– Resume normal brushing and flossing the day following the procedure. Symptoms should resolve within 1 week.

– Give your child over-the-counter pain medications as needed for 24-48 hours. You may alternate Children’s Tylenol (every 4 hours) with Children’s Motrin (every 6 hours). Under no circumstances should you exceed the maximum recommended dose of either medication.

– Your child may eat a soft meal prepared in small amounts for easy swallowing when he/she is hungry (e.g. soup, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Crippen at (916) 476-3972

Dad & Lincoln from Lodi

Why We Chose Dr. Crippen

Our son Lincoln had been complaining about a tooth ache on and off for months. Our current dentist couldn’t identify a problem, but we knew their had to be something wrong. Capital Pediatric popped up in a Google search and we are so lucky we made an appointment. Dr. Crippen found that Lincoln needed 2 teeth removed, along with a root canal. After just one procedure, Dr.Crippen completed the work, and Lincoln didn’t have anymore tooth pain! Here’s highlights from our experience:

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Sacramento, CA


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