In short, sedation in pediatric dentistry not only helps control pain or discomfort, but it can also help alleviate anxiety in children. Sedation is safe for kids when provided by a dental professional, although there are some risks associated with it. Conscious sedation is recommended for children with apprehension, very young children and those with special needs. It is used to calm your child and reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments.
Your child may be quite sleepy and may even fall asleep, but he won't lose consciousness. Different types of sedation used in a pediatric dentist's office include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. Children's dental anxiety is an often irrational fear of visiting the pediatric dentist in younger patients. This review analyzes dental sedation to help alleviate dental anxiety in pediatric dentistry, and highlights what exactly dental anxiety is in children, how sedation is used in pediatric dentistry, and when it might be recommended.
Pediatric dentists believe that long-term use of sipping glasses has an adverse effect on children's dental health. When it comes to pediatric dentistry, sedation can be a great way to help children who are anxious or fearful of dental procedures. Sedation can help reduce the stress and fear associated with going to the dentist, making it easier for both the child and the dentist to complete the necessary treatments. It can also help reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the most common forms of sedation used in pediatric dentistry. It is administered through a mask that fits over the nose and mouth and helps to relax the patient while allowing them to remain conscious throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide is safe for children of all ages and can be used for a variety of procedures including fillings, cleanings, and extractions. Oral sedation is another form of sedation used in pediatric dentistry.
This type of sedation involves taking a pill or liquid medication prior to the procedure that helps to relax the patient while allowing them to remain conscious throughout the procedure. Oral sedation is usually reserved for more complex procedures such as root canals or extractions. Intravenous (IV) sedation is another form of sedation used in pediatric dentistry. This type of sedation involves administering medication through an IV that helps to relax the patient while allowing them to remain conscious throughout the procedure.
IV sedation is usually reserved for more complex procedures such as root canals or extractions. When considering whether or not to use sedation for your child's dental procedure, it's important to discuss all of your options with your pediatric dentist. Your dentist will be able to provide you with information about the risks and benefits associated with each type of sedation and help you make an informed decision about which type of sedation is best for your child.