Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?

One of the concerns parents experience when it comes to more complex dental procedures is how safe sedation is for their child.

If your child experiences dental pain, the procedure needed for them to be treated may involve partial or complete sedation. The aim is to treat the problem and help them heal in a safe environment with the necessary precautions. 

In this article, we will explore how pediatric dentists use sedation for treating children, and why it is a safe option. 

Types of Sedation

  • Nitrous Oxide 

This type of sedation, also known as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that will keep the child relaxed during the dental procedure. The child will be awake the entire time, being able to observe what is happening without feeling anxiety. When the procedure is over, pure oxygen is given so the Nitrous Oxide is cleared out.

  • Oral Sedation 

Oral sedation can also be used to calm the child if they are experiencing fear or anxiety. The dentist will prescribe the best one considering other underlying health issues. They will also provide information on how to take it - either orally or by a small plastic tube inserted into the nostrils. 

  • IV Sedation 

This sedation is used when more complex procedures are needed. It helps the child relax for a longer time, but it does require more preparation. That's why it's important to talk to the dentist so they can let you know what you can do at home to help your child prepare for the procedure. 

While the procedure takes place and your child is under sedation, they will be monitored all the time to make sure their body is functioning properly.

After the procedure, parents and children will wait until the sedation wears off. Your child can feel drowsy, nauseous, or dizzy, so it is important to take it slow until the effect of the sedation leaves the body.

Each child is different and they need a different amount of time until the medication wears off and can go back to their regular self. 

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It's highly recommended to talk to your child’s dentist about any information relevant to the sedation process and the procedure itself. They will make recommendations based on your specific case and needs. They will also let you know what steps you need to take to prepare your child for sedation. 

At We Care Dental Care, we focus on providing dental care in a friendly and safe environment. We offer pediatric dentistry as well as family dentistry as our goal is to help families keep their smiles healthy and bright. 

Contact us now to book an appointment. If you have doubts or concerns, we are here to answer them and help you better understand how we work and what each step of the procedure means. 

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