What is Sedation?
Sedation is a procedure to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Medications are provided to help increase the child’s cooperation and to reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures.
Sedative medications could cause most children to become
relaxed and drowsy. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive.
What Sedation procedures we provide?
Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medications to assist the child to cope with fear and anxiety and cooperate with dental treatment. Medications and dosages should be selected that are unlikely to cause loss of consciousness in the patient.
IV (Intravenous) Sedation:
Intravenous (IV) sedation requires a needle to be inserted into your child’s vein, usually in the arm or hand. The biggest advantage to IV sedation is that the dentist can give your child more medicine during a longer procedure to keep him or her relaxed. Home preparation is required for this type of sedation.
Who should be sedated for dental treatment?
Sedation may be indicated for children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills, those who are very young and do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion, or those requiring extensive dental treatment. Sedation can also be helpful for some patients who have special needs.
Why Utilize Sedation?
Sedation is used for a child’s safety and comfort during dental procedures. It allows the child to cope better with dental treatment and helps prevent injury to the child from uncontrolled or undesirable movements. Sedation promotes a better environment for
providing dental care.
What Medications are Used?
Various medications can be used to sedate a child. Medicines will be selected based upon your child’s overall health, level of anxiety and dental treatment recommendations.
Is Sedation Safe?
Sedation can be used safely and effectively when
administered by a pediatric dentist who follows
the sedation guidelines of the American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry. Your pediatric dentist will
discuss sedation options and patient monitoring for
the safety and comfort of your child.