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What You Should Know About Pediatric Sedation
Does your child have special needs, fear the dentist, gag easily or simply have trouble sitting still? If so, your dentist in Appleton and Sheboygan may recommend sedation to calm your child during dental procedures. This suggestion may suddenly make you feel fearful of the dentist as well! The team at Northstar Dental Group understands your reservations about giving your child sedative medications, but we are committed to upholding the highest standards of safety while making sure that your little one comfortably tolerates dental treatment.
What Are the Different Types of Sedation for Children?
Most dental procedures, from fillings to root canal therapy, require an injection of a local anesthetic at the treatment site. This injection numbs the area surrounding the tooth to prevent pain, but it offers no relief for the mental anxiety that patients sometimes feel in the dental chair. The following sedation methods may be used in addition to local anesthesia for a truly relaxing dental experience:
• Nitrous Oxide: This is the mildest form of sedation. We will place a small device over your child’s nose, and he or she will breathe normally to inhale the “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide will give your child warm, tingly and euphoric feelings. When the breathing apparatus is removed, the effects of laughing gas will wear off within minutes.
• Oral or IV Sedation: These methods employ sedatives or anti-anxiety medications and put your child in a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation, the medications are usually given in the form of a syrup taken by mouth. With IV sedation, the medications are given through an intravenous line. Your child will not be completely asleep, but he or she will probably have amnesia about the dental procedure.
Is Pediatric Sedation Safe?
Your Appleton and Sheboygan dentist carefully follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for pediatric sedation. This means that our highly trained staff will monitor your child’s breathing, heart rate and blood oxygen levels closely throughout the procedure and afterward. If any readings reach abnormal levels, we are fully equipped with emergency medications to safely reverse the effects of the sedation medications. Reactions to oral and IV sedatives are extremely rare, but we want you to know that we take every precaution possible to ensure that your child remains safe and comfortable at all times.
Contact an Appleton and Sheboygan Dentist
To learn more about safe sedation methods for your child, contact Northstar Dental Group at our Appleton or Sheboygan location. We are always happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease so that you can help your loved ones achieve great oral health.
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