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Sedation Dentistry for Children

Sedation dentistry is utilized to reduce a child’s dental anxiety, fear, and discomfort. Sedation dentistry is also performed when children are too young to sit still for a dental procedure. Sedation can help children become less stressed and manage dental anxiety during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry may also be used for children with special needs.

Types of sedation dentistry

Valley Alder Family Dentistry offers several types of sedation options for children. The dentist will evaluate the child’s medical history, the procedure time, and the child’s comfort level to determine the right sedative for the child. Conscious sedation allows the child to be able to communicate and cooperate during the procedure.

Other types of conscious sedation include:

Nitrous oxide - Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is for patients who experience nervousness or anxiety. This sedative is delivered through a mask over the nose. Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and painless.

Oral sedation - Oral sedation is a good option for children who are anxious and unable to sit for prolonged periods of time. Oral sedation can be taken through tablets, pills, or liquid.

Other forms of conscious sedation - The dentist may suggest an intravenous (IV sedation), nasal spray, and the use of suppositories.

General Anesthetic

General anesthetic causes the patient to be in a deep sleep. General anesthetic can be used when:

  • There is no other way to safely perform the procedure
  • The child has a condition which limits cooperation
  • The child needs complex or extensive treatment