Dental visits can be a struggle for kids for a few reasons, including anxiety, strong gag reflexes or even difficulty remaining still during an examination. Sedation dentistry can be an ideal solution for younger patients. Read on to learn more.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?
Commonly used for longer or potentially painful procedures, sedation dentistry isn’t limited to adults or complex procedures. High-end pediatric dentists offer sedation services to ensure even kids with low pain tolerance or high energy levels can access the quality oral health care they need to maintain strong teeth, gums and mouths.
When dental care providers and on-site anesthesiologists are extensively trained, sedation dentistry can be a safe and reliable alternative to quick-fix solutions designed to get squirming and uncomfortable kids through dental issues until baby teeth are replaced by permanent ones. Sedation dentistry covers everything from administering nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” all the way to full hospital sedation, which renders a child completely unconscious while more complex procedures are completed.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work for Pediatric Patients?
Depending on the depth and complexity of the procedure, a qualified and experienced dentist has a few different sedation options. The first and most common option is oral sedation, which generally leaves kids conscious but calm and relaxed. This can be accomplished by administering a pill, a liquid or nitrous oxide gas.
Intravenous sedation is the next option, which is administered through an injection directly into a vein. Nitrous oxide may be used prior to the injection to keep kids calm, then a tube is inserted into the throat to ensure proper breathing.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry stresses the importance of parents and guardians following food and drink restrictions carefully, as stomach contents can be vomited up and aspirated into lungs in a sedation setting. When parents follow recommendations carefully, sedation dentistry can make it much easier and less traumatic for young patients to receive adequate dental care. Setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health habits begins at a young age, which is why the experts at Kids 4Ever Pediatric Dentistry offer this service.
If you’re putting off dental appointments for the little ones under your care due to concerns about their ability to sit still or remain calm during an examination or procedure, give us a call. We’ll explain all treatment and sedation dentistry options carefully, giving you information that you need to make the right choices for your child’s oral health.