Sedation Dentistry

Your child's comfort is our number one priority.

Is Dental Sedation Safe?

Yes! Our trained professionals follow strict guidelines.
Dr. Bright checking the teeth of a little boy who has had sedation dentistry

At Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we have countless amenities and techniques to help children feel relaxed. But some children need more assistance, which is why we offer sedation dentistry.

Dental sedation can help children who:

  • Suffer from dental anxiety and fear

  • Have sensory issues or trouble sitting still

  • Need a lot of dental work

Sedation helps your child feel at ease, keep their mind off the tasks at hand, and build rapport so they won’t be afraid to return.

It also allows Dr. Bright to complete more treatment in one visit and provide a higher quality of care.

Our Sedation Options

Safe and comfortable care for your child.
We offer three types of sedation options:
Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, AKA laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation dentistry that reduces your child’s anxiety or pain at the dentist. It’s administered via a nasal hood, and the sweet-smelling gas helps your child feel at ease and positive during their appointment.
Oral Conscious
Oral conscious sedation helps your child feel more comfortable during certain treatments, such as a single tooth procedure or extraction. Your child will feel drowsy but awake, and most likely won’t remember the procedure. It can also be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide, and we’ll recommend the best sedation option.
IV Sedation
IV sedation is ideal for children who are fearful, have high anxiety, or require multiple treatments at once. It enables a smooth procedure and is administered in our office with the help of a licensed pediatric anesthesiologist from PDAAOpen link to PDAA website in a new window. We closely monitor the process while your child is in a sleepy state of deep relaxation.
Sedation dentistry is safe and has been utilized in dental office settings for more than two decades. Additionally, Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry of St. Johns, FL works with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia AssociatesOpens link in the new window (PDAA), who are on a mission to provide safe, affordable, and convenient pediatric anesthesia care to children.

Meet Our Anesthesiologists

Our qualified pediatric sedation experts.

Dr. Brooke Maryak smiling
Dr. Brooke Maryak, MD
Dr. Maryak received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA in 2009. She completed her internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2013 where she served as chief resident. Dr. Maryak was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2014 and completed her Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL in 2015. She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Dr. Kathryn Hunt Bietenholz smiling
Dr. Kathryn Hunt Bietenholz, MD
Dr. Kathryn Bietenholz received her medical degree from the University in 2006 and completed a one-year surgical internship at the Mayo Clinic in 2007. She completed a 3-year residency in Anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in 2010 with extra training in Pediatric Anesthesia at The Nemours Children’s Clinic.
Parents' Feedback

I have three children, one with a fear of dentists and another with sensory issues. Dr. Bright and his staff know exactly how to make them comfortable and make the dentist FUN! They have all gone above and beyond for my family, even coming in on a Sunday for a chipped tooth! If I could go to the dentist here as an adult, I would! They are absolutely the BEST!

Jennifer K., 5-Star Google Review

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