Because of the environment created by the dental team and Dr. Shawn, most of our patients at Tallahassee Pediatric Dentistry are comfortable, confident and calm while at the office.

Occasionally, however, a child may feel anxious before or during dental treatment. A child who is particularly nervous or unfamiliar with dental treatment may require additional support in order to feel calm and comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen, oral sedation, and deep sedation are three mechanisms that can be employed to provide this additional support. Our goal is to protect their experience of coming to the dentist so they always like coming to see us. Dr. Shawn will discuss the details, risks and benefits of both options with you to select the best modality for your child.

For nitrous oxide, we recommend a light meal before the appointment.

For conscious sedation, remember no milk or food after midnight and only clear liquids up to 3 hours before their visit. If your child becomes sick (ear infection, cough, cold, virus) please call to reschedule.

For IV sedation, the nurse will contact you with eating/drinking instructions the day before.


Nitrous Oxide. Relaxes and distracts. Still have to give local anesthesia. Ideal for ages 5+ who are a little nervous. May take multiple appointments.

Conscious Sedation. Your child will still be “awake” but drowsy during treatment. We do this with nitrous. Child will likely still cry/struggle but has amnesia effect. Only for single tooth treatment (extraction) because working time is short.

IV Deep Sedation with in-office pediatric anesthesiologist. Your child will be “asleep” but still breathing on their own. No crying/struggling. Best for more comprehensive treatment plans because we can complete all treatment at one.


Ready to schedule IV sedation? Next steps:

1) Complete the 2 Anesthesia Scheduling forms provided in your packet at your appointment. Email or fax these forms to Maria Jarrell.

2) Call us with the date and pay your dental treatment deposit

3) We will call you back the week before your sedation date and confirm your arrival time

4) Any questions about billing/reimbursement on sedation needs to be discussed with Maria Jarrell 813-545-9924 (P)