Sedating children for dental work
It prevents spontaneous movement, and guides cooperative behavior.
Most pediatric dentists have several sedation options available, and each one comes with its own particular benefits.
In contrast to general anesthesia (which renders the child unconscious), dental sedation is only intended to reduce the child’s anxiety and discomfort during dental visits.
In some cases, the child may become drowsy or less active while sedated, but this will quickly desist after the procedure is completed. Firstly, very young children are often unable keep still for long enough for pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely.
Oral sedatives come in many different forms (usually tablets, pills, and liquids), and may make the child feel drowsy.
Conscious sedation is usually favored wherever possible.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation techniques, please contact your pediatric dentist.
The dentist will assess the medical history of the child, the expected duration of the procedure, and the child’s comfort level before recommending a method of sedation.
Conscious sedation allows children to continually communicate, follow instructions, and cooperate during the entire procedure.