My 4-year old just came back from her check-up, apparently he has few cavities that need to be addressed.Since she really gets anxious at any doctors office, they suggested light sedation where she would be in a "sleepy" mode so they can get the work done.you may want to pay them xtra to take their time, since time is money, and most of them want to get on to the next patient.......[ just a thought ] Make sure the dentist is a Pediatric dentist, one who is fast in working with kids and has staff trained in "conscious sedation" protocols for the care of children. Sedation is a fairly routine practice for kids in dentists.If scared/want to be extra careful - consider a university practice where if something goes wrong, there is plenty of expertise and anesthesiologists to help. Recently, the my dentist (family dentist) agreed to "try" using laughing gas (nitrous oxide) while filling some cavities. It allowed my son to relax and they were able to give him novacaine and fill his teeth. As long as they're just making her "sleepy" and not "unconsious" or "unaware" it should be fine.Sedation dentistry is the use of a mild sedative (calming drugs) to manage special needs or anxiety while your child receives dental care.Sedation also may be used when several procedures need to be done at the same time, when the safety of a child may be compromised, or if your child has a strong “gag” reflex. It is important to note that the sedation medication does not control pain or discomfort.The option of in-office has been a good option to help kids and parents.
Then, you and the nurse or doctor will decide if your child should have sedation.
It describes what sedation is, what happens when your child gets sedation, and how to care for your child after the test or treatment.
Your child may find the test or treatment frightening or uncomfortable.
For those children who have a harder time than most, well there are several tools that can be employed.
The best and most often used are verbal techniques like positive reinforcement, tell-show-do, and voice tone control. Often additional medications are needed to help kids to be comfortable and cooperate to accomplish treatment.