Sedation Dentistry for Anxious Kids
Dental Anxiety for Kids
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dentists may recommend sedation for long, complex procedures and for patients who are especially young or nervous. Parents can help their children stay relaxed by being calm and encouraging throughout their dental appointment. For especially anxious children, consider bringing a “comfort” item — such as a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or “blankie”— for your child to hold during their procedure.
Types of Sedation
Nitrous oxide, often called “laughing gas,” is a very safe, moderate sedation option that will help your child remain relaxed during their dental procedures. Your child’s dentist will give the sedation with the use of a “space mask,” which carries air (oxygen) mixed with the medication. Your child will be asked to breathe through the nose, not the mouth, and will sense a faint, sweet smell. Typically, this type of sedation will take effect in about 5 minutes. The mask will remain in place until the procedure is done. Your child will be awake during the entire procedure and may have a “happy” feeling. When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe in pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remnants of the sedation.
If your child exhibits extreme nervousness prior to their appointments, oral sedation may be an option to help calm their nerves. Oral sedatives are typically ingested in pill form. This type of medicine will make your child a little drowsy and will keep them relaxed and calm before and during their procedure. This type of sedation usually has a delayed effect so it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for administering the medicine. Depending on the time of your child’s procedures, the dentist may also ask you to ensure they have had nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the appointment.
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