Children who are very young or who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary to perform their needed dental care may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
Conscious sedation is an option for children who are mildly apprehensive. This highly effective method can be administered in oral or nasal form in combination with an inhalational method using nitrous oxide (N20-02).
Deep sedation or General Anesthesia is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. Our practice utilizes a certified MD anesthesiologist for cases where the patient may pose a threat to their own safety during treatment. This will be discussed with the parents/guardians of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
Sedation of General Anesthesia Dentistry is most helpful for:
- Children who require major treatment
- The very anxious child
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or who are mentally handicapped