Visiting the dentist with young children can be a challenge. Many children are frightened by unfamiliar people and places. Here, our Delta dentists talk about how dental sedation can help your child relax and the different types that may be used.
How can dental sedation help my child?
You may know that your child gets nervous at the dentist or they may have special needs and require some help relaxing when it comes to experiences such as visiting the dentist. Dental sedation allows us to help your child relax for the duration of their dental visit. Our Delta dentists are often asked if sedation is safe for children undergoing dental treatment.
When trained and experienced dental professionals administer dental sedation, sedation and anesthesia are a safe way for children to receive the necessary and critical dental healthcare they require.
The dentist's office is typically one of the places where children feel the most anxiety and so we may recommend completing the visit while your child is receiving dental sedation. With dental sedation, our team can help your child associate their visit with a positive experience allowing them to be more receptive to dental visits in the future.
If it safe fro children to receive dental sedation?
There are 3 main types of dental sedation that your child may be given if they are receiving dental treatment. These are:
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, can help calm young patients who are anxious, nervous or frightened. Nitrous Oxide is delivered via a face mask, and will relax the patient and promote euphoric feelings, but will not make the patient unconscious or impair their reflexes.
Oral sedation can take up to 20 minutes to take effect, so it's given to the patient when they first arrive for their dental appointment. Oral sedation will not make the patient unconscious but may relax the patient enough for them to actually fall asleep.
General anesthesia may be recommended by children's dentists for patients with high pain sensitivity, serious behavioural challenges, limited understanding and/or with special needs. Under general anesthesia, the patient becomes unconscious so that their reflexes are completely relaxed. If a patient receives general anesthesia they will have no recollection of the dental procedure and they will not have felt anything throughout their visit.
If your child is due for a dental visit and you would like to learn more about the dental options available, our dental team would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have.