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Questions Answered About Sedation Dentistry For Kids
Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for a child receiving a cavity or something more intensive like a root canal. Not all dental offices offer this solution, so we encourage parents interested to contact our office and schedule an appointment.
Why do most dentists not offer sedation dentistry for kids?
Working with kids requires clinical experience in treating young children and a desire to do so. Many dentists find it is easier to only treat adults, so some dentists will not see patients that are younger than the age of 8 or 10.
We work to help improve the state of a child's teeth, promote healthy growth and create a comforting atmosphere for the child to relax. Sedation dentistry can help the child patient relax and receive the treatment they need. We will take the time to measure the specific amount that is safe for the child prior to beginning the procedure.
Is sedation necessary?
The answer depends on the type of procedure and the child. Some children need sedation because without it they are nervous and cannot hold still. We need them to remain in place long enough to complete the necessary procedure and do so without wiggling too much. If children have difficulty doing so, sedation is going to be a good option.
Also, sedation is a good option for any child who is nervous or afraid of visiting the dentist. We can help a child not feel any discomfort during a procedure. However, if parents wish to try the visit without sedation, we can certainly begin the process and then give them sedation if necessary.
Why should my child visit a dentist offering sedation dentistry for kids?
Ultimately, by offering sedation, we give our patients and their parents more options in regards to how their treatment unfolds. The benefits of sedation are numerous, including:
- Children feel better about the appointment and their visit overall
- Sedation helps children to stay still
- Sedation ensures that they do not feel any discomfort or pain
- Sedation allows us to complete more treatments in one sitting, something that is important for any child who is struggling from oral health problems
Will sedation make my child feel funny?
No. Sedation dentistry for kids is different from sleep dentistry. Typically, the only time sleep dentistry is necessary is if they are having oral surgery. Keeping that in mind, some children find it so relaxing that they do doze off after sedation.
Is sedation safe?
Yes. Our team has the proper training and we have experience in providing children with sedation. We use just enough sedation to help them relax and ensure they are comfortable. It should wear off immediately after the appointment with little to no lingering side effects.
Still, it is important for parents to let us know if their child has any other health problems so that we can take that into consideration. In rare cases, another health concern can prevent us from using sedation.
Is sedation the same as being put to sleep?
No. Sedation dentistry for kids is different from sleep dentistry. Typically, sleep dentistry is only if they are having oral surgery. Keeping that in mind, some children find it so relaxing that they do doze off after sedation.
Schedule an appointment with our office to experience the benefits of sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry for kids is an effective method for improving the overall experience for children. We are confident that your child will appreciate having sedation as an option anytime that they need to have dental work done. To experience these benefits, call and schedule an appointment with our office today.
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