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Is Dental Sedation Safe for Kids?

October 1, 2021 1:38 am
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Most adults feel dental anxiety to a certain degree, so it’s no surprise that kids are often anxious about coming into a dentist’s office. Some kids need extra care and consideration due to a mental or physical disability. Parents, guardians, and caregivers can feel confident that dental sedation is safe and painless with minimal side effects.

Is Safe

Sedation is safe when administered by our specially-trained team at Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces! Your child’s safety and oral health are our highest priorities. We closely monitor and assess your child during treatment and when receiving sedation to make sure they are stable and comfortable.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and state dental boards are in charge of sedation guidelines. The most common types of sedation are nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. These types of sedation can make your child feel sleepy but do not render them unconscious. General anesthesia is the only sedation type where your child is unconscious. If you have concerns or questions about our recommendations, please let us know.

Reduces Pain

Dental sedation relaxes even the most anxious child. Routine care like cleanings and exams are already pain-free, but for procedures like root canals or fillings, we also use a local anesthetic. This completely numbs the gums and teeth. Even without sedation, your child wouldn’t feel pain, but the added relaxation of sedation ensures a stress-free appointment.

Minimal Side Effects

Drowsiness is the most common side effect following sedation. Patients also sometimes experience dry mouth, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. These are usually mild and fade within 12-24 hours. Before sedation, don’t give your child any solid foods. If they only received laughing gas for a routine cleaning, they should be able to return to school. For anything stronger or more complex, it’s best if they go home to rest.

Relaxing Sedation at Our Office

Dental anxiety can make getting essential oral health care miserable, so we’re happy to provide dental sedation for anxious patients. We always get a full rundown of your child’s medical history, current health status, and any other accommodations they might need. If you have a child who might need sedation or you have other questions, please contact us today!

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