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Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Bari specializes in a technique known as oral conscious sedation. Sedation is recommended for children requiring dental treatment who are young, nervous, have special needs, and/or require multiple dental visits. Contact our office to learn more about Dr. Bari's sedation dental solution for children.

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The Benefits of Conscious Sedation

Unlike general anesthesia, with oral conscious sedation children are still able to breathe on their own and respond to verbal commands. Often children fall asleep because they are relaxed. All of the dental work is completed in one visit, making the experience easier on the child (and parent!).

We also recommend nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help calm the anxious child. It is a mild sedative and patients are conscious and can talk during their dental visit. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects and is used routinely for many dental procedures.

Conscious Sedation Dentists are Licensed and Experienced

Dr. Bari is an expert in oral conscious sedation exclusively for children. In order to provide in-office oral conscious sedation, you must be specifically trained to perform these procedures and state-licensed. We have safely sedated thousands of children, allowing us to provide high-quality dental treatment while preventing a trip to a surgery center for general anesthesia.

Preparing for the Oral Sedation Medicine

What to expect: patients are asked to come to their appointment with no food or drink after midnight the night before their treatment. Having your child on an empty stomach allows for better uptake of the medication and minimizes their risk of the child feeling ill.

Oral Sedation Coupled with Laughing Gas

Typically it takes 1 hour for the medication to take effect and your child will become sleepy and tired. At this point, you will be separated from your child and the doctor will be with your child throughout the procedure. During the procedure, ensuring the patient’s safety is of the utmost importance. While a patient is sedated, we often use nitrous oxide paired with oxygen to help keep the patient calm. During the sedation, their blood oxygen level, breathing rate, and heart rate are closely monitored.

After the sedation, children are typically groggy and tired. Due to longer-lasting effects such as dizziness, sleepiness, a child shouldn’t go back to school or daycare after their procedure.

That night Dr. Bari will check-in to see how your child is doing, but if you have any questions or concerns you can always reach us at our office at 610-538-6080.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used types of mild sedation. It’s a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of gases that often goes by the name “laughing gas.” When inhaled, nitrous oxide creates feelings of well-being and peacefulness. This safe and easy treatment is a great option for most patients, especially children, and adolescents. To reverse the effects of nitrous oxide, all the patient needs to do is breathe deeply and calmly for a few moments. The effects should subside.

Dr. Bari is so Comforting and Validating

When I first learned my son had so many cavities, I felt like such a failure of a mom not instilling better brushing/flossing habits, and letting my kid eat too many sugary foods. Dr. Bari was so comforting and validating, even calling me on her personal phone after the initial appointment (which I could not be at) to console me, saying it is so normal with kids this age and she sees it every single day and it is absolutely nothing to feel like a failure about. Not only was she so supportive, but she has been even more amazing with my son. Due to the extent of the dental work needed for my 4 year old and his tendency to not cooperate well, we opted for oral sedation to be able to properly and effectively fill all his cavities in one fell swoop and she did an excellent job getting him to take the medication (no simple feat!) and take great care of my son. I know my kids are in excellent hands with Dr. Bari! We are so lucky to have her here in Lower Merion!

- Tova

I Cannot Recommend Growing Smiles Enough

Dr. Bari was absolutely wonderful with my 4 year-old daughter who needed to have a baby root canal and several fillings under sedation. She took time to speak with us before and after the procedure to make sure we understood the process and to answer any questions. I especially appreciated that she took a moderate approach to Zoe's care as opposed to the more aggressive treatment course recommended by another dentist. To top it all off Dr. Bari and the entire office treated us with compassion, empathy, and understanding. I cannot recommend Growing Smiles enough. They are one of a kind!

- Bridget

Smooth and Painless

So happy we found the pediatric dentistry of Dr. Bari Levine! Our toddler needed sedation, and the process was smooth and painless. Bari and team were very kind and professional, and the office is beautiful and welcoming. We highly recommend Growing Smiles Mainline Pediatric Dentistry!

- YI

Where to Find Our Dental Practice

701 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 2, Narberth, PA 19072

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 1 Saturday per month

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