Children who are very young, have a high level of anxiety, or fear that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment, may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective sedation options available that can help relax a child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
The mildly anxious patient can receive nitrous oxide, known as “laughing gas.” This is a reliable and very successful way to decrease anxiety.
Deep sedation is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. Our practice utilizes dental anesthesiologists for cases where the child requires this level of sedation. These options will be discussed with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child before treatment to ensure optimal outcomes.
Sedation dentistry is most helpful for:
- Young pre-cooperative children
- Children who require major treatment
- A very anxious child
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or have special needs