Pediatric Dental Sedation (Sedation for Kids)
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for many adults. For children, it can be downright frightening. The unfamiliar settings, the sounds, and even just the thought of having the treatment done can trigger fear and anxiety. Some children may have a difficult time sitting still, which can pose risks during treatment. Other children may require dental work that can take a significant amount of time. At Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, we can help your child get the treatment they need in a calm, stress-free way with sedation.
What are the Effects of Nitrous Oxide?
You most likely know it by its more commonly used name, laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation that we offer.
How is Nitrous Oxide Administered?
This type of sedation is administered through a small mask that your child wears over their nose. We turn on both nitrous oxide and oxygen, and all your child has to do is breathe in. In no time at all, they will feel calmer and more relaxed. They are still completely conscious and able to respond when we talk to them. When their procedure is complete, the nitrous is turned off.
How Long Does Nitrous Oxide Last?
Within just a few minutes, your child is back to their normal self with no lingering side effects.
When is Nitrous Oxide Used?
Nitrous oxide is ideal for children who only have a little fear or anxiety, or for children who have built up their confidence after starting dental treatments with other forms of sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
What are the Effects of Oral Conscious Sedation?
This medication often has an amnesic effect, meaning that your child might not remember their procedure. We still speak to your child in calm, relaxed voices so if they do remember anything, those memories will be pleasant.
How is Oral Conscious Sedation Administered?
Oral conscious sedation is a type of sedation that involves taking medication by mouth. We will provide you with instructions regarding food and drinks before their appointment, and it is important that you follow these instructions. These instructions are designed with the safety of your child in mind. If they are not followed, your appointment may be rescheduled.
How Long Does Oral Conscious Sedation Last?
Your child will be scheduled for a 2-hour appointment, and 30 minutes before your child undergoes treatment, we provide them with a liquid medication that will make them feel sleepy.
What are the Side Effects of Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation does have some lingering side effects. Your child may feel a little out of it, or groggy, for the rest of the day, or even into the next day. Monitor your child closely at home while the effects of the sedation wear off.
What are the Effects of General Anesthesia?
The medications administered through the IV are designed to help your child relax and fall asleep. The medication takes effect almost immediately, and your child will not remember anything about their procedure. Your child is monitored the entire time by an experienced dental anesthesiologist. Once their procedure is over, medications are administered to wake them up.
How is General Anesthesia Administered?
General anesthesia is administered through an IV, which uses a needle inserted into their arm or hand.
When is General Anesthesia Used?
In some cases, your child may require more extensive dental work that could take several hours to complete. In situations like these, we offer general anesthesia, a type of sedation that will make your child sleep through the procedure. We may also recommend general anesthesia if oral conscious sedation has failed, or if your child has special needs or other medical conditions. We can perform general anesthesia in our office or a hospital setting.
What are the Side Effects of General Anesthesia?
Your child may feel groggy for several hours following their procedure. It is important that you monitor them as the effects of the general anesthesia wear off and they return to normal.
Still Have Questions About Dental Sedation?
Sedation can help your child to relax and remain calm during a dental procedure, helping them to get the treatment they need in a safe, effective way. For more information on sedation and if your child is a candidate, call Alameda Pediatric Dentistry at (510) 763-5437 today.