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Sedation Dentistry for Children in San Jose - I.V. Anesthesia, Nitrous & Oral Sedatives


Welcome to our pediatric dental home! Our San Jose pediatric dentist, Dr. Ralph Zotovich specializes in treating children of all ages from infants to children and adolescents including children with special needs and the anxious patient. Dr. Zotovich and team work together to provide an improved experience for our child dental patients and offer sedation options to maximize comfort during treatment. 

In a continuous effort to prevent dental problems, our team offers oral hygiene instruction, diet consultation, fluoride recommendations, multimedia dental education, and preventative sealants. Dr. Zotovich understands the delicate emotional needs of children to maintain a positive relationship with the dentist. When dental problems require treatment to renew oral health, we offer sedation options that include nitrous oxide, conscious sedation (a safe, non-narcotic oral sedative) and I.V. general anesthesia.

Child Sedation Dentistry in San Jose, CA

Understanding Children’s Dental Sedation

Intravenous Anesthesia - Commonly known as I.V. sedation, intravenous anesthesia provides a way of effectively completing dental care while your child is asleep. Most children respond well to nitrous oxide and/or an oral sedative. However, children with severe anxiety and/or the inability to relax are candidates for intravenous anesthesia. Usually, these children are very young, anxious or are special needs children.

The use of I.V. sedation allows Dr. Zotovich to complete many dental visits in just one appointment, without fear and discomfort.  Your child will fall asleep in your arms and wake up in your arms.  As a result, your child may look forward to future dental visits!

Nitrous Oxide - Often referred to as happy air, nitrous oxide is an inhalant that relaxes your child while remaining awake. Your child will remain alert and can cooperate with our San Jose sedation dentist. Nitrous oxide is flushed out of your child’s system with pure oxygen within minutes of completing the procedure. There are no residual side effects.

Oral Sedation – A sedation method in oral form, we will give your child the oral sedative in our office. During the procedure, children may fall asleep or remain in a relaxed state and may have no memory of the procedure. Patients may go home and sleep away any of the residual sedation effects.

Your Child's Safety is our Priority

Your child's safety is our primary concern.  You can rest assured knowing that I.V. sedation is commonly used to help children through dental procedures.  Our anesthesiologists are experienced health care providers and are residency trained in the delivery of intravenous anesthesia.Dr. Zotovich offers the different levels of sedation to address the unique needs of each of his pediatric patients. Parents are invited to discuss sedation options with Dr. Zotovich to fully understand which method would best improve their child’s comfort during treatment.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!