We recognize that some of our young patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer oral sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent having a beautiful, healthy smile.
Our office is proud to offer conscious sedation dentistry that is safe and effective.
There are different types of sedation dentistry, and working together, you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care he or she needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.
When is Oral Sedation Used?
Children who are more anxious may need a stronger medicine than nitrous oxide. With conscious sedation, medicine is given by mouth (orally). When choosing a medicine, the dentist will consider your child's:
- Anxiety level
- Ability to cooperate
With conscious sedation, your child may be sleepy but can be aroused. He or she also can respond to simple commands. Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medicines.
Before a visit in which your child is to receive oral sedation, you should receive instructions. They will include:
- Whether to eat or drink before the procedure
- What to expect during treatment
- What to watch for after treatment
You may need to carry your child home after sedation. Your dentist also should discuss how your child will be monitored during sedation. You will need to stay for a short time after dental treatment has been completed. During this time, your child will be observed. The dental staff will make sure recovery is complete and look out for any problems.