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Sedation

Sometimes kids get cavities! If your child requires more complex dental treatment,  we are here to help you through the process every step of the way. Our goal is to ensure the safety, comfort, and ease of your child’s entire experience from start to finish.

 

To make this possible, our pediatric dentists may recommend a sedation or general anesthesia procedure. Each child and situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best treatment choice is made for you and your child.

Dental Sedation Can Ease Dental Anxiety and Discomfort

Dental sedation refers to the use of a sedative agent during a dental operation. Pediatric dentists use sedation to calm anxious patients or prevent excess discomfort during more extensive treatments. 

Oral conscious sedation is offered at ABC Dental and is administered under the care and supervision of our specially trained pediatric dentists in the office. Medication is administered to your child orally or through a nasal mist. In most cases, all treatment can be completed in just one appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, calms patients experiencing a moderate amount of anxiety regarding their procedures. Your child’s dentist administers this sedation through a small mask placed over the child’s nose.

The nitrous oxide produces a happy and comforting sensation for the patient and reduces the feelings of anxiety or discomfort during the procedure. This method offers an extremely safe and easy method for keeping children calm and comfortable during their dental visits.

Oral Sedation

Known as conscious sedation, oral sedation typically involves the use of one or more sedatives with the use of nitrous oxide. Your child’s dentist may use oral sedation methods to increase relaxation for more invasive operations or for children with higher levels of anxiety. 

During this type of sedation, your child will experience reduced worry and sensations during their treatment.

General Anesthesia

Very young children or those with extreme anxiety or medical concerns may benefit from the use of general anesthesia for dental treatment. 

How We Choose the Right Sedation for Your Child

Your child’s dentist can work with you to determine the best method of sedation and the treatments necessary for the particular procedures. The dentist may ask you to provide information about the following factors to identify the most appropriate and safe sedation methods for your child. 

Giving the dentist accurate information regarding these areas ensures the safety and efficacy of the sedation methods to keep your child calm and comfortable:

  • Your child’s age
  • Your child’s weight
  • Any medical conditions
  • Any prescriptions or medications your child takes
  • Your child’s allergies or negative reactions to drugs 

Sedation Preparation

  • Your child must NOT eat or drink anything (not even water) 5 hours prior to coming in. This is for the safety of your child and to avoid complications that could occur during treatment.

  • Please be sure that your child has used the bathroom before treatment. It is recommended that you bring your child an extra set of clothes, and a bucket in case of nausea.

  • DO NOT bring other children to this appointment. Siblings are not permitted in the sedation/recovery rooms. Please make other arrangements for them, as all your attention is required to monitor your sedated child for their safety.

  • Medications used for sedation can take up to 60 minutes to become effective. You will be expected to sit with your child during this time.

  • Expect to be in the office for up to 5 hours from start to finish. Your child must be awake, responsive, and alert before you are discharged.

  • NO photography or videoing is permitted while your child is medicated.

Sedation Aftercare

  • Please take your child straight home. A responsible adult needs to monitor your child in the car on the way home. Do not plan any appointments or activities for the duration of the day.

  • Due to the effect of the sedative on motor skills, your child will need to be carefully monitored while doing quiet activities at home. Avoid busy play, and stairs, and do not leave your child unattended. If your child sleeps, be sure they are on their stomach or side with their head tilted back and chin up. Be sure you are monitoring your child as they sleep. Sedation medication can take 6-8 hours to metabolize.

  • Some children will vomit as the medication wears off. Liquid or suppository Gravol can help in these situations. Children’s Advil (Ibuprofen) and Tylenol (Acetaminophen) can be given for pain if needed. Follow the directions on the package to ensure the appropriate dose for your child.

  • Do not allow your child to eat anything until all the freezing is gone. Freezing may last 3-5 hours. Fluids are allowed when they arrive home. Yops, milkshakes, and smoothies are ok. Small sips first. Monitor your child carefully for choking, trouble with breathing while numb.

ABC Dental for Quality Pediatric Dental Care

Our team of expert pediatric dentists at ABC Dental have the proper training and tools to provide safe and effective sedation throughout your child’s procedure. Proper care of your child’s baby teeth and permanent teeth can protect against future complications and dental anxieties.

Call our office to schedule your child’s dental checkups or procedures. 

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