Sedation Dentistry: Types of Sedatives for Children

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It is important for children to see a dentist regularly for a routine dental checkup. In addition, they should also see a dentist when they have encountered any dental problems or oral infections, where a treatment or procedure may be necessary.

Children, in general, are particularly fearful, restless and can sometimes be uncooperative when it comes to dental procedures. Usually, this is the case, because the child doesn’t understand what is happening. At Southwood Dental Studio, we take the time to discuss with you as the parent and your child to make them feel safe and comfortable. In addition, we can also introduce sedation dentistry to help the child feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry can be helpful towards achieving a successful oral operation among children. There are five options available for dental sedation in children.

Mild Sedation: A single or a combination of sedatives for older children. Mild sedation has a calming effect on children, and they are usually awake during a dental procedure. Children who had mild sedation won’t be able to recall things about the dental process.

Moderate Sedation: Drugs used under moderate sedation can make children feel a little dazed and sleepy. Children can still talk to their dentist while having a dental operation, but most of them won’t be able to remember things during the dental visit.

Conscious Sedation using Nitrous Oxide: A mild form of sedative and it is widely known as laughing gas. With Nitrous Oxide, children will feel more relaxed. They will only feel a bit drowsy, but most of the time they’re wide awake and conscious.

Deep Sedation: Under deep sedation, children are asleep with minimal movements. Deep Sedation is achieved through IV medication, and a qualified professional should monitor a child’s heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

General Anesthesia: Children are asleep with no movement and vocalization. This method is pain-free and achieved through anaesthetic vapour or inhalation. Anaesthesia experts are required in the procedure to monitor a child’s status during an oral procedure.

To learn more about dental health options for children, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio in London, Ontario, we will gladly assist you with all your dental needs!

– Dr. Agrawal

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