At the Kaufman Children’s Dental Hospital we recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent your child from having the beautiful, healthy smile he or she deserves. There are different types of sedation available for dental treatment. You and your child’s doctor will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care he or she needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O-O2) is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergic. Your child remains fully conscious – keeps all natural reflexes – when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He/she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may also be used in combination with other sedative agents.

Conscious (IV) Sedation

Conscious sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious. Their airway protective reflexes remain intact. There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation; the doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations.

General Anesthesia (Sleep Dentistry)

General Anesthesia is a management technique that uses medications to cause the child to become unconscious and asleep while receiving dental care. With your child’s safety of utmost importance to us, we will complete all of our general anesthesia procedures in an operating room under the supervision of an anesthesiologist.

Candidates for using General Anesthesia/IV Sedation for dental treatment

The proper candidates for dental treatment using IV sedation or general anesthesia are usually very young children with severe anxiety, extensive medical problems and/or people with special needs who require extensive dental treatment and cannot tolerate treatment in the dental office under normal circumstances. The main concern with this type of anesthesia in the pediatric patient is to maintain an open airway and adequate breathing. This is routine for an anesthesiologist. Their expertise lies in managing the unconscious patient and making sure their breathing and all other physiologic functions are maintained. They continually monitor the patient’s level of anesthesia, vital signs and breathing throughout the treatment, never leaving them during the procedure. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administrated by an appropriately trained anesthesiologist. Our pediatric dental surgeons are some of the most experienced in our country in providing dental treatment using general anesthesia. Our doctors have worked with our anesthesiology teams in their respective hospitals for almost twenty years, and now offer the same service within our ambulatory surgery facility.

Safety concerns for treatment using Sedation Dentistry

Our Brooklyn facility is the first of its kind – we are the only pediatric dental facility that has its own ambulatory surgery center, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), the premier body governing the accreditation of office-based surgical facilities, and ensuring the highest quality standards in ambulatory surgery care. For treatment using sedation or general anesthesia, we have exceeded the required safety measures as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Consultation with Dr. Elan Kaufman – Expert in Pediatric Dental Treatment using Sedation

Dr. Kaufman’s distinguished training and extensive experience has made him one of the most sought after dentists in his field. Your consultation will include a review of your child’s dental history, including recent unsuccessful attempts at treatment. X-rays are not always necessary for this initial consultation but if you have them available please bring them with you. If any additional x-rays are required for more specific diagnosis, we will let you know at that time. Dr. Kaufman then combines this information to provide an accurate diagnosis and review of treatment options. He also takes the time to allow the parents and child to explain what is most important to them to achieve with their recommended treatment, and to answer any questions or address specific concerns that may arise during the visit. By working closely with each family, Dr. Kaufman develops an individualized plan of treatment for the patient.

Kaufman Children's Dental Hospital is rated 4.1 out of 5 based on 203 reviews from around the Web.
Dr. very professional office very clean they are very friendly
Best dentist ever! Toys and video games for kids. Staff was lit. Dr. G(forgot his name) was the sweetest to my baby girl (3 years old).
Kind, courteous and professional. Made our first dentist visit a pleasant and informative experience.
I really recommend to go to this Dental office, I was with my kid there on Friday, we came with no appointment, my boy was with tooth infection enmergency, was there very nice girl in front Desk, she told me I might need to wait one hour becouse I don’t have appointment but defiantly I will see The Dentist, I said ok that not long time, I went to seat my boy was playing with the nice toys and games it’s , keep Him busy, then after I think 15 min They called me, couldn’t believe how fast I got in, then Dentist was so nice professional explain me everything what should be done with my kid, really took his time I got a lot of questions for my boy problem, when we was done and got his antibiotic I called and ask to speak to the Dentist, he came to the phone I didn’t wait and he still explain me things and took his time he wanted me to make the right things for my boy, I really want to say again this place nice clean good Doctors and very nice costumer service, this Dental office really trying to do the best, I’m glad I find this place I give 10 stars from ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Him and his staff are absolutely wonderful and they go above and beyond.
Amazing dentist. He has great patience with kids. I love this place. Wondering staff and they know your name.
They were very sweet and patient with her! They place is super clean and very state of the art! We’ll be back.
They’re friendly and the place is immaculate. My kids enjoy going there. The staff really cares about their well-being.
They treat me with really nice and I don't have to be accompanied by my dad (Lol...😁) which mades me feel independent.
Excellent service nurses and dr are great and nice to my little toddler .
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