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If your child experiences dental anxiety or has special needs, we can administer dental sedation to make them feel relaxed and reduce fear and stress. Sedation has many advantages when it comes to dental treatment.
Dental fear is common and can prevent children from getting the dental care they need because they want to avoid the dentist. Sedation melts away their worries so they don’t need to be fearful during the procedure.
We may recommend sedation for children who are undergoing more invasive, long, or complex procedures like oral surgery. These procedures are more likely to be uncomfortable for your child and we don’t want to traumatize them with the loud sounds and pressure of dental tools.
Sedation can improve cooperation in children who are restless or have sensory issues. It even reduces pain sensation, suppresses sensitive gag reflexes, and causes patients to have little or no memory of the appointment so they are less likely to feel fear in the future.
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Your child will need to fast for variable periods before receiving sedation.
Also known as laughing gas, this gas flows through a nasal mask that is placed over your child’s nose. Alongside oxygen, your child inhales the gas and within just a few minutes, will start to feel euphoria, calmness, and relaxation.
They may even feel warm and tingly. Children must be able to breathe through their nose to receive this sedative but it is very mild and low risk. Your child will likely struggle to remember things once the sedative wears off.
This is considered deep sedation because it’s as intense of a sedative that we can administer in the dental chair without putting you under (unconscious). This sedative can vary from moderate to deep sedation depending on the dosage which is administered through an IV that is hooked up to your veins.
It can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes to feel the effects. This sedative will place you in a semi-conscious state. This means that most patients go to sleep during the procedure because they are so relaxed.
However, they are not unconscious and can respond to questions from the Modesto Kids dentist. No breathing tube is required because breathing remains automatic. This is great for more invasive procedures because your child will have little awareness of their surroundings and won’t remember anything afterward.
This is the most commonly talked about sedative but it is not used as often as the other sedatives, because it is the most intense form of sedation. Your child will be completely unconscious for the duration of their appointment with your children's dentist in Modesto, CA.
The sedative can be administered in a variety of ways, such as inhalation, injection, or a combination of these things. This is done in a hospital setting in a controlled environment, where a breathing tube will be placed in your child’s windpipe to maintain proper breathing.
The entire time, your child’s heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels are being monitored. This is a good option for surgical procedures and patients with severe anxiety or physical and mental disabilities.
Not everyone is a good candidate for sedation which is why we need to review your child’s medical history.
Sedation is most often used to treat dental anxiety and keep children at ease during their treatment. Fear of the dentist is very common, and sedation can keep your child calm during their appointments.
Additionally, sedation helps with pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions. It also helps young patients feel more comfortable if they need to sit still for longer treatment times.
As long as your child is healthy and is not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation, your child should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us to learn more about sedation options for your child. We can discuss any concerns you may have during a consultation.
This depends on the method of sedation. With laughing gas, your child will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but will be fully conscious and aware of their surroundings. They will also feel less discomfort during treatment.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make patients feel groggy or sleepy. Your child will likely fall asleep, and probably won’t remember much about the procedure. However, they will not be unconscious, and can still be woken and respond to commands.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. Your child will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from the procedure.
When done correctly, sedation dentistry for children, even toddlers, is completely safe. Several precautions are taken to ensure a seamless experience. First, we’ll take a detailed health history to make sure we recommend the right sedation option. We’ll then discuss options with the parent or guardian so that you understand the effects and are prepared to care for your child after their procedure. All methods of sedation dentistry are provided by professional and skilled team members, so you rest assured that your child's well-being is of the utmost importance.
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