Dental anxiety is a common anxiety for most people, including children who have a tendency to feel worried about visiting a dentist for routine medical treatment. Luckily, several methods help these individuals feel less anxious, including the administration of local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. The safe and effective use of these modalities is an essential part of general and pediatric dentistry. Sedation dentistry helps your children get the care they need and or even go to sleep in order to receive proper treatments. Sedation may also be employed when several procedures need to be performed simultaneously when the child’s safety may be compromised or if the suffers from a strong gag reflex. The Sedation medication does not control pain or discomfort; it just helps your child to remain calm and relaxed.
What are the different types of Sedation?
- Oral Sedation: It may be used if the child suffers from panic attacks and nervousness. Oral medication is taken orally by mouth or through the nose. This medicine will make the child feel a little drowsy and keep them relaxed during the procedure. The effects of the medication will take about 20 minutes. As a precautionary measure, the child should have nothing to eat and drink the night before the dental appointment.
- Nitrous Oxide: It is a very safe and mild sedative that helps to keep the child comfortable during the treatment. Nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas,’ is given with the help of a mask attached to the nose. The child will be required to breathe through the nose and not the mouth. The gas will emit a faint sweet smell and takes about 5 minutes to show its effects. The mask has to be worn till the whole procedure is completed. The child will remain conscious and happy during the entire duration of treatment. The nitrous oxide gas will be turned off on the completion of the procedure, and the child will be required to inhale pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to flush out the remaining gas.
- IV Sedation: In this type of Sedation, the medicine is given intravenously to the child’s vein, usually in the arm or hand. The dentist will monitor the pulse, breathing, and blood pressure throughout the procedure to look out for any adverse reactions.
Is Pediatric Sedation safe?
Sedation dentistry for children is considered to be an effective way to make the children feel at ease during dental treatments. However, before administering any sedatives to a child, the dentist will have to discuss the whole process of sedation with the parent and give pre-and-post -sedation instructions. The sedation treatments are deemed to be absolutely safe and effective.
Call us at We C Kids, Kids Dentist or schedule an online appointment to know more about Sedation Dentistry.