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Pediatric Sedation Dentistry FAQs

February 1, 2021

Most children have a dental phobia and therefore dread going to the dentist. At times a visit to a dental clinic can become a traumatic experience for both the child and the parents. But, that should not be the case. With sedation dentistry in Redding, CA, your child can relax and go through any dental procedure.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses sedatives to relax and calm the nerves before and during a dental procedure. The medication used can be mild, moderate, or deep based on the severity of anxiety and phobia.

When Is Sedation Dentistry Recommended?

Before you get sedation dentistry near you, it is crucial to know when dental sedation is a good idea. The dentist can recommend sedation if:

  • You have a severe dental phobia
  • Low threshold of pain
  • You have a gag reflex
  • The dentist wants to do a complex dental phobia
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Have difficulty getting numb from anesthesia

Why is Dental Sedation Used in Children’s Dentistry?

If your child is fearful or gags easily, the dentist may not be able to administer the treatment. Also, we have some multi-procedures that take hours, and it may be difficult for the child to remain still during the procedure. Sedation is used in such cases to ensure the child remains calm and still throughout the treatment.

What Types of Sedation are Used?

Our dentist will choose one of the four available types based on the type of procedure to be done.

1.Laughing gas

Laughing gas or inhaled sedation is the common type because of its mild nature. The medication is administered through a nose mask a few minutes before the treatment. It is called the laughing gas because it gives the ‘feel good’ feeling that makes you giggle.

Inhaled sedation takes effect quickly and wears out just as fast. However, because of its mild nature, the dentist only uses it for mild and moderate dental sedation.

2.Oral sedation 

Pill or mouth sedation is administered via the mouth. The dentist usually gives you the medication a few hours before the procedure because we metabolize the medication differently. Oral sedation has a pre-set dosage and, therefore, can be used for moderate procedures. Your child may drift to sleep but can be easily awakened with a gentle shake.

3.IV sedation 

IV sedation is given via the veins and is usually reserved for procedures like extractions and root canals. The IV sedation does not cause unconsciousness, but the memory may be groggy, and they will not be able to remember the procedure.

4.General sedation

This is deep sedation that causes you to sleep. It is used in the operating room during dental surgery. The child cannot be easily awakened, and the dentist will have to use medication to reduce its effects.

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What Can Parents Do to Smoothen The Process?

It is important to follow the pre and post instructions to ensure the children are safe. Here are some tips:

Before sedation 

  • Do not give your child food or drink a few hours before the procedure.
  • It is important to dress your child in loose-fitting and comfortable clothes.
  • Inform our dentist of any prescription medication and supplements that the child is taking.
  • Carry a toy or games to keep your child occupied. A stuffed animal can make your child feel better before the procedure.

After the procedure

Your child will need time to rest after the procedure. This reduces the effects of sedation but also hasten the healing process.

  • Monitor your child after the procedure for any side effects
  • Give your child soft foods to avoid discomfort in the mouth
  • Make sure they stay hydrated
  • Manage any problems that may develop, such as swelling and bleeding.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Dental sedation is safe and rarely has any side effects. However, your child may develop grogginess, nausea, vomiting, and loss of physical coordination. These side effects will clear after some time. But, if they persist, visit our pediatric dentist for treatment.

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Visit Shasta Kids Dentistry for more information on sedation dentistry in Redding.

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