Visiting the dentist can be a stressful time for anyone, especially children and young people. Maintaining a healthy smile and good oral hygiene is extremely important, and the younger you start, the better. One way of making sure your visits to the dentist with your children are less anxious for everyone is by using different forms of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is the practice of using different methods to sedate the patient, making them more relaxed and comfortable. There are many different ways to do this depending on the length of treatment required and the potential for pain or discomfort.
Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is a common form of sedation used in both children and adults. It is a low risk procedure administered by inhalation and mixed with oxygen. The patient remains conscious and communicative throughout and it is easy to monitor and control.
Following this form of sedation dentistry the patient will be given oxygen to counteract the effects, allowing them to feel more alert. Your dentist will advise of any potential side effects and after-care.
This form of sedation dentistry is offered by Kids 4 Ever and usually involves a pill which is given an hour or so before the procedure. This pill is a mild sedative which will make sure your child is very calm and relaxed by the time they are ready for their appointment.
If a deeper level of sedation is required, you may find the best option is to use an IV. This type of sedation dentistry is administered and overseen by a qualified anesthesiologist. With expert professionals constantly monitoring the process, your pediatric dentist will complete the procedure while your child is under sedation.
On rare occasions where none of the more gentle sedation dentistry techniques are suitable, you may need to receive treatment in a hospital. This will be done under a general anesthetic in an operating room with an anesthesiologist. Your child will be completely unconscious during the procedure, leaving the dentist able to work without the fear of hurting or upsetting the patient.
If you have a child who is anxious, or has any type of sensory processing issues that can make a visit to the dentist traumatic or difficult for them, please get in touch today. Call one of our team members to discuss what forms of sedation dentistry may be suitable for your child.
Together we can work through any concerns you have, and turn keeping your children’s teeth healthy into a positive experience for the whole family.