Pain / Anxiety Management

Management of patient discomfort and anxiety is a primary consideration at Dr. Gibson’s practice — but when it’s necessary we administer and monitor it extremely carefully given the age of our patients. Pain management comes primarily in two kinds:

General anesthesia is administered to patients by our fully qualified staff. Children whose treatment needs are substantial, or who are extremely anxious about undergoing their procedure, can benefit from treatment performed while they’re under the influence of general anesthetic. In such cases, Dr. Gibson will provide all necessary treatment in a single visit so you need not bring your child in for multiple appointments.

Should your child need restorative treatment such as fillings, crowns or extraction, Dr. Gibson recommends nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.” The most frequently used mild sedative in pediatric dentistry, nitrous oxide is both safe and effective. Both of its constituent elements — nitrogen and oxygen — are present in the air we breathe; we deliver it to the patient in a concentrated dose for the desired effects: a relaxed, open airway, alleviation of stress, improved cooperation and reduced anxiety.

Relaxed children make for great patients, as we can perform their treatment much more quickly and effectively, shortening both their time in the dental chair and your time in our office. 

Post-procedure, reversing any numbness a child has from local anesthetic is important. While numb, children are prone to biting, sucking, scratching and pinching their lips and cheeks, so shortening the time until they have normal sensation around their mouth is ideal. Some children, too, simply don’t like the feeling of being numb, likening it (ironically) to pain. To reverse numbness, we use a product called Oraverse, which will usually make normal feeling return within an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes. Without it, numbness from local anesthetic typically lasts between two and five hours. 

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“Took my daughter to this office. Dr. Gibson is absolutely wonderful. She is extremely skilled and has an incredible bedside manner. Her office is beautiful and kid friendly. In fact, it’s probably the nicest doctor’s office I’ve ever been to.”
– Marc R.


The entire staff, Dr. Gibson, the office, everything! Dr. Gibson relates to you and the kiddo, explains everything, and isn’t rushed. The hygienists are so sweet and so patient, same with the front desk ladies. The decor is SO AWESOME. And they give treats/goodies as you’re leaving. A five star rating is an understatement! Thank you, ladies!
– Amanda
Just took my 19-month-old daughter to her first dentist appt, and it was fantastic! The whole team was SO patient. Dr. Gibson easily took care of her, despite the squirming, and then blew bubbles with her! The office is adorable and the kids even get individual TVs while their teeth are cleaned… I wish Dr. Gibson was available to adults!
– Julie
Dr. Gibson is so wonderful! She’s passionate and understanding and completely takes every patient and their needs to a personal level. She’s got the tender touch all kids need when seeing their doctor, of any type. Her office is exceptional. It’s so clean and modern yet so much fun for the little ones!
– Nicki F.