Boy sitting in the dental chair wearing a mask used to dispense nitrous oxide dental sedation.

Ensuring Your Child’s Comfort with Sedation

April 27, 2021 10:38 pm

The dentist’s office can be overwhelming for kids. This is especially common for children with special needs, but they aren’t the only ones who might feel anxious and antsy. As pediatric dentists, we understand these struggles. We have a variety of strategies to help kids stay calm and comfortable. Sedation is one of the methods we use. What is sedation and how does it work?

Types of Sedation

Sedation dentistry for kids is very safe and effective. We use it for anxiety, special needs, or when a procedure is long or complicated. Before we consider any type of sedation, we’ll always examine a child’s health status, medical history, and dental history to decide what works best. There are three sedation options.

    Laughing Gas

    Also known as nitrous oxide, we use this sedation for anxiety and minor procedures. We’ll put a mask over your child’s nose, so they inhale a sweet-smelling gas that relaxes them. They will remain awake during the procedure. After the appointment is done, we remove the mask. It takes only a few minutes for the effects to wear off.

    Oral Conscious Sedation

    For this sedation, your child will take an oral medication. It puts them in a dreamy state during their procedure. Sometimes, patients fall asleep because they’re so relaxed, but the pill doesn’t knock them out.

    General Anesthesia

    This sedation does result in unconsciousness, which we will monitor the whole appointment. It’s for advanced restorative treatments or children with special needs. This outpatient treatment is given at a nearby hospital. Because the patient is asleep the whole time, they won’t remember the procedure.

Prioritizing Your Child’s Comfort at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

At our San Antonio office on Culebra Road, our dentists are trained to work with children and understand their specific needs. We meet them where they are. If you believe sedation would make their experience with us better, please let us know! We always prioritize children’s safety and comfort. Please contact us today with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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