Painless sedation options
Many children are afraid of a visit to the dentist and pressure their parents to put off receiving dental care for years because of the perceived fear of pain associated with it. But neglecting dental care can cause more pain through activities associated with chewing and talking and can be a contributor to more advanced forms of dental diseases. Neglecting regular exams increases the likelihood of various infections and tooth decay.
Eastfield Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics strives to provide a pain-free dental experience. Various forms of Dental Sedation are used for different types of dental treatments.
Sedation can help calm various forms of anxiety your child may experience associated with visiting the dentist. It can help them minimize pain associated with orthodontic treatments. Depending on the treatment that your child needs, the following sedation options are available.
Minimal sedation – Your child will be comfortable and relaxed. This method is most commonly used for topical treatments such as filling cavities or removing a single tooth.
Moderate sedation – Your child will remain conscious but likely will experience a numbness throughout their body. They may also slur their words. This may be used for treatments such as removal of multiple teeth.
Deep sedation – This procedure is required for more advanced forms of dental care. Your child will be nearly unconscious but still be able to wake up.
General anesthesia – During general anesthesia, your child will be fully unconscious. This is often used when oral surgery is required.
Effective in-office sedation
We provide a variety of in-office sedation techniques that are quick and painless. The method used will vary based on the type of dental care that is needed.
Inhaled minimum sedation – This form of sedation is often referred to as laughing gas. Oxygen is mixed with nitrous oxide and is inhaled through a special breathing mask. Typically, this is used for fast procedures as it takes effect within a few seconds and sedation effects last only about a minute.
Using nitrous oxide is among the safest and cost-effective form of general anesthesia. Side effects are commonly limited to nausea and vomiting but there are no long-lasting effects. Patients who experience bowel obstructions should not use nitrous oxide. This form of sedation is completely child friendly.
Other oral sedation options
In some cases, the use of nitrous oxide may be insufficient for a more advanced form of dental care. This method is required for more in-depth dental procedures. The level of sedation required can vary. Using this method, your child is provided a pill before their appointment. Your dentist can determine the level of sedation needed. After you take the pill, typically your child will feel drowsiness. In some cases, patients may fall asleep during the procedure.
Eastfield Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics strives to provide you state-of-the-art dental care with ease and comfort. Ask your dentist about any questions you may have about sedation. Contact our offices today 704.875.9075 and schedule your child’s appointment.