There's so much dentistry can do these days to make your child's mouth healthier. Yet many people may not take advantage of this for their child due to a long-standing fear of dental treatment or their child's anxiety. There is hope! Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers many options for children and make it possible to have an experience that's free of anxiety and pain.
Before any particular anxiety management modality is recommended, we take a thorough medical, dental and social history of your child. From there, we put together an individualized plan that works best for your child. Options include but aren't limited to:
1. Local Anesthesia only
2. Nitrous Oxide Sedation
3. Oral Sedation
4. General Anesthesia
This sedation method, also known as “laughing gas”, helps put children with mild to moderate anxiety at ease so that so that they can undergo minor dental procedures calmly and safely. The gas is applied through a mask, which goes over the child’s nose and mouth. The effects are mild and subside soon after the procedure is over.
Some children may experience nausea while receiving Nitrous Oxide, and young children may refuse to wear the mask. If your child is congested at the time of the appointment, this may not be the best choice for them. Recovery does not require special attention.
What Is Conscious Sedation?
This sedation method is usually best for children who are younger, have high levels of anxiety, are undergoing longer or more complex procedures, or have special needs. Conscious sedation will allow your child to be fully relaxed but able to respond to voice and/or stimulation.
Conscious sedation is administered as a combination of oral medications, commonly known as a “kiddie cocktail,” prior to the appointment. Some children may fall asleep or become drowsy, but they will remain conscious. Recovery requires close monitoring for up to 6 hours.
What Is General Anesthesia?
General Anesthesia is the most powerful form of sedation our office offers, usually administered by an anesthesiologist in a hospital setting. This sedation method is best for children who have severe anxiety, who are undergoing longer or more complex procedures, or who are not candidates for oral medications.
General Anesthesia care ensures that your child remains asleep throughout the duration of their procedure and feels no pain, anxiety or discomfort. Some patients may become very fearful of the needle injection, if so, this method may not be the best for your child. Recovery requires close monitoring for up to 24 hours.
Not sure whether sedation is right for your child? Book at tour at Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
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