Sedation dentistry is used in dental offices around the world to help patients relax and remain calm at the dentist. This allows patients with dental anxiety, fear, a sensitive gag reflex, and other special needs to receive the oral healthcare they require for a healthy smile. But many parents have concerns about the safety of sedation dentistry for their children. We understand your desire to be properly informed about your child’s care!
We assure you that sedation dentistry is safe for children and adults when properly administered by dental professionals who have received special training. Here’s a little bit more information about dental sedation to ease your worries.
Types of Dental Sedation
There are different types of dental sedation which offer varying levels of sedation (mild to heavy). The most common types of sedation used in dentistry are nitrous oxide (breathed in through a nose mask), oral conscious sedation (administered through a pill), and IV sedation (administered through a needle). The type of sedation that is right for your child will depend on a variety of factors, including their health history and what dental treatment they’re getting.
Sedation vs. Going Under
Getting dental sedation is not the same as “going under.” All sedation dentistry is meant to help calm patients and relieve their pain. Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation does not put them into a state of unconsciousness like general anesthesia. The reason this can get confusing is because some patients are so relaxed that they do actually wind up dozing off with sedation.
Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry offers sedation dentistry as part of our suite of pediatric dental services. Your child’s health and safety are always of utmost importance to us! No matter what type of dental sedation your child receives, they’ll be continuously monitored by our trained professionals. We have extensive experience in safely administering dental sedation for children of all ages.
Still unsure whether sedation dentistry is right for your child? Please consult with our team!