Sedation

Our sedation services are provided on a continuum based on your child's needs.
Services range from "anxiolysis" using Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen provided with a nasal hood, to "oral conscious sedation" using a cocktail of sedative medications that are extremely safe for children, and finally "general anesthesia" provided by a team including a dental anesthesiologist using an IV and ventilator to deliver the medications.


Dr. Patrick McCarty, Dental Anesthesiologist 

Dr. McCarty is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He
 is board certified through the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology & the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. McCarty lives in greater Boston with his wife and child and has provided mobile office based anesthesia services since 2007.


Oral Conscious Sedation
For dentistry performed under oral sedation, Dr. Shaughnessy may prescribe a sedative for your child to take prior to their appointment, so they’ll be feeling relaxed by the time they sit down in the exam room.  Prior to the actual procedure we obtain your child’s vital signs and monitor throughout the visit so we can ensure their well-being. Dr. Shaughnessy provides your child with a “sedative cocktail” consisting of Versed/Midazolam and/or Vistaril/Hydroxyzine which your child takes after being evaluated prior to the treatment start time. He may also provide them with laughing gas/nitrous oxide during their appointment to enhance the calming effects of the oral sedative. As with any time you are in our office, you are welcomed to be in the treatment room during the procedure. We’ll ensure that you and your child are feeling as comfortable as possible the entire time.
It is imperative that your child is NPO and has nothing to eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to their appointment time to eliminate the risk of aspiration.