HOW CAN MY ANXIOUS CHILD GET THE DENTAL CARE THEY NEED?
Unfortunately, not all children have positive memories of the dentist. Some children may be more sensitive or find it difficult to sit still during treatment. But there are solutions that can make receiving dental care more comfortable for them. Sedation options are an effective way to give your child the dental care they need without the discomfort or anxiety that may come with their cleanings or restorative care. There’s no reason that dental treatment should be painful. And all it takes for your child to get started with sedation dentistry is a simple conversation with their dentist. Schedule an appointment at Sunray Pediatric Dentistry!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S SEDATION CONSULTATION?
EXPLORE YOUR CHILD’S SEDATION OPTIONS
LAUGHING GAS OR MINIMALLY INHALED SEDATION
This method of sedation is ideal if your child is nervous at the dentist or if your child has trouble sitting still for their exams and cleanings. The dentist will pump a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through a nose mask, and your child will breathe through this mask whenever directed to do so.
As they breathe in the gas, they’ll begin to feel less nervous, and may experience a “floaty” or “dreamy” feeling. Children don’t fall asleep with laughing gas, but they’ll be very calm throughout their procedure.
A few of the best benefits of this sedation method is that side effects are minimal, and the effects of the sedation wear off within a few minutes of the nose mask being removed. Your child can go back to school or to their daily activities after their appointment.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill or liquid sedative that your child will take about 30-60 minutes before treatment. Once the sedative takes effect, they’ll begin to feel groggy and tired. In some cases, your child may end up falling asleep during their treatment, or may forget much of their procedure.
Side effects are more prolonged compared to nitrous oxide sedation. Grogginess will likely continue for 4-6 hours after the appointment, so you will need to plan the rest of your day accordingly.
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