Dentist Norwood Behavior Management Techniques

Sedation Dentistry Norwood MA


Behavior management techniques, including sedation, are used by Norwood pediatric dentist Dr. Moreno to provide your child with dental care in a safe manner. They have found that using positive reinforcement is a great tool to reduce inappropriate behavior in children. They also recognize that a three-year-old will act his or her age, and they do not expect children that young to act as teenagers. Regardless of your child’s behavior in our office, we will always treat your child with respect and kindness at all times during dental procedures.


Different children respond to different behavioral management techniques. Please rest assured that our office will always obtain consent from you or the caregiver present prior to using any technique. Different techniques are chosen for different children for their safety during the procedure. This ensures that your child will leave healthier than when he/she walked into the offices of Norwood, MA pediatric dentist Dr. Moreno.


Tell Show Do

This technique is used in almost all patients. Pediatric dentist Dr. Moreno explain to the patients what they will be doing during the procedure. They show them how it will work. Then they do it. This is a simple, yet effective technique to help calm most all of our patients at our office.


Voice Control 

This technique is used to intercept any inappropriate behavior before it begins. Pediatric dentist Dr. Moreno will alter their voice tone and volume to interject more authority to the patient. 


Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas” with Oxygen

Some patients receive nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas” to help patients relax for the dental procedure.



Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It is administered over the child’s nose. This allows children to relax without them falling asleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Anesthesiologists recognize this technique as very a safe and effective procedure for treating a child’s dental needs. The level of oxygen administered during the procedure is actually higher than ambient room air. 



Prior to your appointment using Nitrous Oxide with Oxygen

Please let the office, and pediatric dentist Dr. Moreno know of any changes in your child’s health and/or medical condition or if any new medications were taken or prescribed prior to the appointment. 


Also, let us know about any respiratory conditions that can make breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide. Some examples of issues can include colds, flu, and sniffles. If your child has taken any medication on the day of the appointment let us know about that as well. 

Let us know if your child has taken any medication on the day of the appointment.

Do not eat or drink 2 hours before the dental appointment.

Wear comfortable clothes and please do not place hair in ponytails


Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is a behavior management technique that uses medication to help children cope with fear and anxiety so that they may be more cooperative during dental treatments. Conscious sedation is a good option for children who have a level of anxiety that prevents cooperation or for children who are too young to cooperate with dental care. Conscious sedation may also be useful for some children with special needs.


There are a variety of different medications which can be utilized for conscious sedation. Pediatric dentist Dr. Felipe Moreno will prescribe the medication best suited to your child’s overall health and dental treatment needs.  They will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific medications they plan to administer to your child. 


At Epic Lifetime Dental Care, Norwood, MA pediatric dentist Dr. Felipe Moreno is well trained in the use of medications for conscious sedation and have instructed other dentists on performing conscious sedation procedures. Our pediatric dentists hold all appropriate licenses required for conscious sedation and all procedures are performed in accordance with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Please remember that all requirements exist for the safety of your child. In addition to the information provided on this website, further information will be provided to parents/guardians in the office the Norwood office regarding conscious sedation.


Prior to your appointment

For safety reasons, some children may need medical clearance from their pediatrician. Please notify the office of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. If your child has a fever, ear infection, or cold the morning of the appointment, please contact our Norwood office and make arrangements to see your pediatrician.


Notify Dr. Moreno about any drugs that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions the child experienced in the past.

Please dress your child in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately before arriving at the office.

Your child should not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before the appointment. This is very important as medications may cause nausea. Nausea may cause children to vomit which may interfere with breathing.

The child’s parent or legal guardian must not leave the office and must remain in the waiting room throughout the procedure.


After the appointment

As the medication wears off, your child may be drowsy and will need to be watched closely by you. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm. Some children may fall when left to walk alone, so please monitor your child closely.


If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. This keeps the airway open. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea, such as water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, Cranberry Juice, etc. The first meal should be light, low in fat content, and easily digestible.


If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to ensure that they do not inhale the vomit.


Some children may bite or chew their lips, cheeks, tongue, and rub their face due to the numbing effect of local anesthetic. Again, please monitor your child closely to prevent the risk of these scenarios from occurring. 


To make an appointment at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, call 781-349-4750 or click here.