When it comes to dental care, children have unique needs that differ significantly from adults, and we understand that not every patient feels comfortable or safe visiting the dentist. Many adults who are affected by fear or anxiety when they visit the dentist tell us that it stemmed from a frightening experience they had as a child.
As your pediatric dentist, it is our goal to make every child feel comfortable and at ease when they visit our dental office whether they are feeling fearful or have special needs that make dentistry more difficult.
Sedation dentistry is one way in which we can help our patients feel safe and secure during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation that are designed to meet your child’s needs, whatever they may be, so they can comfortably get the dental care they need.
Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas because it produces feelings of euphoria for some patients. It also takes effect quickly and helps your son or daughter feel relaxed during preventive, restorative, or surgical procedures. We deliver nitrous through a small mask, and because the effects wear off quickly when the mask is removed, your child can continue their normal daily activities after their visit.
Oral sedation is typically only used for certain pediatric cases, and it is delivered through medication that is taken one hour before your son or daughter’s procedure. Because the medication offers a deeper level of relaxation, its effects last longer after treatment; it’s advised that your child rest for the remainder of the day.
Oral sedation can be an excellent option for patients who need more complex or multiple treatment procedures or have more severe anxiety or special needs.
If your child requires oral surgery, your pediatric dentist may recommend that we use general anesthesia for the procedure. General anesthesia utilizes specific medications that result in sleep so your child is not alert and won’t experience pain.
The medication is administered intravenously, and our team works closely with an anesthesiologist who monitors your child’s vital signs and heart rate throughout the procedure. We can adjust the level of medication as needed during the procedure to ensure that your child stays safe and asleep the entire time.
This type of sedation is ideal for children who have acute anxiety, special mental or physical needs, or who need more complicated treatment procedures to maintain their oral health.
Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Do you think sedation dentistry may be a good solution for your son or daughter? We are happy to discuss your concerns about your child’s needs with you. We can work together to decide which level of sedation is ideal for the recommended treatment.