Sedation Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist in Hoffman Estates, IL

Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help you relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help children with severe dental anxiety.


Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your individual needs. Sedation allows your body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. This can be very useful if your child needs complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting.In every case, your sedation is closely monitored by experienced dental professionals who ensure your safety and comfort.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of the nitrous oxide. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, provides a stronger level of sedation than Nitrous Oxide. Many patients need OCS for the deeper relaxation it provides.  Though you are still able to stand, walk, and answer questions, you remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many patients have found they have little memory of the procedure after the fact. For children with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit.

General Anesthesia

Dr. Sharon Varghese has hospital privileges at AMITA health St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates where she works with pediatric anesthesiologists for comprehensive care under general anesthesia. In this unconscious state, your child will not feel any pain and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear, which is why many patients ask about using general anesthesia.

Your child’s safety is our top priority. At your appointment, be sure to tell us:

  • Any health conditions your child has
  • Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications you are taking
  • Any herbal or nutritional supplements you are using
  • Any allergies you have, particularly medication reactions
  • Any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment or about sedation dentistry

For more information about using sedation dentistry with your next treatment, contact Once Upon A Smile.