Sedation Dentistry for Children

What is Sedation Dentistry for Children?

When it comes to visiting the dental office, many children are scared about what may be to come. If you’ve found that your child shows extreme fear, anxiety or even suffers panic attacks when it comes to their dental care, it might be time to consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is a great way to relax and calm your child down so that the dental office isn’t as scary for them. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral and IV sedation to fit your family’s needs.

Why might Sedation Dentistry for Children be needed?

Sedation may be needed because a child is severely anxious over having dental work done. Likewise, you may have a child with a special disability that is causing them to move a lot during treatment. We may even recommend certain types of sedation for children undergoing more complex procedures. It is important to realize that sedation is safe and effective for children of all ages.

What Is Sedation Dentistry For Children
Why Might Sedation Dentistry For Children Be Needed

What makes your loved one a candidate for Sedation Dentistry for Children?

Most children are good candidates for sedation. We closely and carefully monitor your child while undergoing any type of sedative in our office. We will provide you with important aftercare instructions on what to expect when leaving the office with your loved one. We will review your child’s medical and health history to determine if sedation is right for them.

What can be expected with Sedation Dentistry for Children?

For nitrous oxide sedation, we will place a small mask over your child’s nose. They will breathe in sweet-smelling fumes that put them into a deeply relaxed state. The effects wear off quickly once the nose mask is taken off. Oral sedation involves your child taking a small pill prior to their appointment. The pill is designed to relax and calm them down before treatment begins. IV sedation is more complex, and it is often recommended for children undergoing invasive procedures or surgery.

If you’re interested in learning more about sedation for your child, call our office today so that we can get them in for a convenient consultation appointment.