Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
(714) 635-1170
​​Our pediatric dental practice is designed with you and your child in mind. We offer a number of different treatment modalities. In addition to local anesthetic (the localized numbing of the teeth, gums, lips, cheeks, etc.), our mildest form of sedation is nitrous oxide (laughing gas).


Nitrous oxide (laughing gas or happy air) is an inhalation form of sedation that places the child patient in a very relaxed state of mind. We gradually introduce it to the child through a nosepiece and constantly keep an open line of communication with the child to monitor their level of sedation and see how they are feeling . This usually works well with older children that are cooperative, but need just a little help sitting with their mouth open for an extended period of time. Some of the younger children need a little more help than nitrous oxide can provide. For these patients we may recommend a mild oral sedative.


The next level of sedation we offer is a mild oral sedative. This is primarily for the young child who is cooperative, yet has a number of teeth that require treatment and possibly multiple visits.  Nitrous oxide is often used in conjunction with the liquid sedative. If we recommend this sedation method, rest assured it is a very safe alternative. Dr. Okawachi possesses the special training, experience and certification that this sedation technique requires.


The next sedation/anesthetic modality we offer in our office is an IV general anesthetic. The anesthetic is delivered by a dentist anesthesiologist that has limited their practice to pediatric dental patients. This modality requires no cooperation on your child's part. They will be asleep and not be aware of any dental treatment performed.


There are some cases that are most appropriately treated in the out-patient hospital environment. Dr. Okawachi is on active staff at Children's Hospital of Orange County and the La Veta Surgical Center in Orange. We treat our very young and medically compromised pediatric dental patients that need the special attention the hospital staff provides in this manner. Since it is outpatient dental surgery, we see your child for care in the operating room and they are discharged and go home after an adequate recovery period.

Please keep in mind that we want you to be an active partner in your child's dental care. Please provide us any valuable insight you have regarding how you think your child will do. Combining that with Dr. Okawachi's years of experience in treating children, we are confident that the correct management technique will be chosen and used.