Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help your child relax for a better dental care experience. It can even help children with severe dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your child’s individual needs. It allows their body to relax more completely. It reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if your child needs complex and/or more time-consuming treatment in a single sitting. It also prevents their muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position. It can also serve to prevent dental treatment traumatization, especially for younger children.
In every case, your child’s sedation is closely monitored by our experienced pediatric dental team, who will ensure your child’s safety and comfort.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, your child will be fully alert.
Intravenous Sedation, or IV Sedation, is generally used with shorter treatment sessions and is performed in our pediatric dental office with the help of Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA). The effects are immediate and may cause your child to feel as though they slept through the treatment. They may feel groggy when the IV is stopped, but this will fade over the next few hours.
Sometimes, the safest place to perform dental treatment for your child may be in a hospital setting. To ensure the safety and comfort of your child, we use the Charleston Surgery Center in Nexton for general anesthesia sedation. With our expertise, the proper equipment, and a qualified anesthesia team, we can treat even the most extensive oral health complications in a safe and compassionate environment.
With general anesthesia, your child will be unconscious and unable to respond during dental procedures. In this unconscious state, they will not feel any pain and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear, which is why many parents ask about using general anesthesia for their children. The effects typically wear off after a few hours.
Your child’s safety is our top priority. At their appointment, be sure to tell us:
- Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications they are taking
- Any herbal or nutritional supplements they are using
- Any allergies they have, particularly medication reactions
- Any health conditions they have
- Any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s treatment or about sedation dentistry
For more information about using sedation dentistry for your child’s next treatment, contact Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry today.