Sedating children for dental work
The goal is to provide quality dental treatment in both cooperative and uncooperative children.Depending on the personality of the child, oral sedative medications and nitrous oxide can be used successfully and safely during dental procedures.Sedation dentistry is the use of a mild sedative (calming drugs) to manage special needs or anxiety while your child receives dental care.Sedation also may be used when several procedures need to be done at the same time, when the safety of a child may be compromised, or if your child has a strong “gag” reflex. It is important to note that the sedation medication does not control pain or discomfort.Dear Doctor, My 10-year-old has multiple cavities that need treating, and he’s really anxious despite the best efforts of our dentist.
This involves simply resting the nosepiece lightly on the child's face.Nitrous Oxide Often called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a very safe, mild sedative that will help your child remain relaxed during dental procedures.Your child’s dentist will give the sedation with the use of a “space mask,” which carries air (oxygen) mixed with the medication.Advances in sedation drug therapy have enabled many pediatric healthcare providers to treat children and teenagers who would otherwise be too anxious and fearful.
Many dental professionals who treat kids are now performing more invasive procedures, such as filling cavities or extracting teeth, in conjunction with conscious sedation.Conscious sedation can achieve a minimal, moderate, or even deep suppression of consciousness — after which the child will remember nothing about the procedure.