Sedation helps ensure that pediatric dental visits provide young or anxious patients with a comfortable experience and effective results. Sedation helps minimize anxiety and relax children during dental visits – all under the safe supervision of a pediatric dentist or anesthesiologist.
Did you know…
that children of nearly any age can be sedated? Even infants and toddlers can be sedated for dental treatment if needed. There are many ways of administering sedation to pediatric patients, some of which include inhalation or receiving sedation medication intravenously.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of sedation are available for my child?
There are several different types of pediatric sedation available to patients, ranging from mild to strong. Children are most often given nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This gas is inhaled through a mask during the dental visit, providing an instant calming effect. Laughing gas is safe, and its effects wear off nearly immediately after treatment. Other types of sedation may be necessary for children with greater anxiety levels or special healthcare needs.
IV sedation involves administering sedative medication through an IV that will put your child to sleep. Periodically we have a pediatric anesthesiologist come to the office to administer sedation to our patients while Drs. Webb and Reddy complete all of your child’s necessary restorative dental care. This method of sedation enables our clinical team to work efficiently while your child’s safety and care are not compromised.
Should I consider pediatric sedation for my child’s next dental visit?
Your child may be a candidate for pediatric sedation dentistry if he or she has special needs, is very young, has difficulty sitting still, or has anxiety about visiting the dentist. Drs. Webb and Reddy may also recommend sedation if your child will be undergoing lengthy or extensive dental treatment. For more information about pediatric sedation and whether it is right for your child, contact our office for a consultation.
How will my child need to prepare for a dental visit involving sedation?
You will be given instructions for preparation prior to your appointment. Your child may not be allowed to eat or drink in the hours leading up to the procedure. If your child experiences anxiety prior to the visit, consider letting him or her bring a ‘comfort’ item, such as a blanket or stuffed animal.