Wondering how to manage your child’s fear of the dentist? Don’t worry, dental anxiety is very common amongst children and even adults. At Solomon Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we know your child’s safety is your top concern closely followed by their comfort and happiness. That’s why our pediatric dentistry locations are the best places for sedation dentistry in Summerville.
Our pediatric dentists and dental hygienists have years of experience sedating patients and ensuring a safe procedure. Feel free to contact us with any questions, or read on to understand the different types of sedation dentistry, questions to ask and what you can expect before and after your child’s dentist appointment.
Sedation dentistry is a common practice in which your dentist recommends sedation to help ease a child’s stress or anxiety about their procedure. Sedating a patient is very safe and is available for complex procedures as well as common dental procedures such as regular cleanings and cavity fillings.
Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is used to help relax children before their dentist appointment or procedure. The gas is administered through a mask, which is placed over your child’s nose and mouth.
The gas is mild, non-addictive and the effects subside quickly after the procedure has been completed. Also, your child stays awake throughout the procedure.
However uncommon, if Nitrous Oxide is used in longer procedures over-sedation can occur which results in some nausea and sleepiness.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this as very safe and effective
Recovery: Does not require any special attention unless your child has an upper respiratory issue.
Conscious Sedation is usually recommended for patients who are either very young, especially anxious or are children with special needs. The pediatric dentist prescribes a combination of oral medications to be given prior to the appointment. This is commonly called a “kiddie cocktail.” Your child may fall asleep or become drowsy, but they will not become unconscious.
A little stronger than Nitrous Oxide, the conscious sedation option blocks more pain and can be a better option for longer procedures.
Medication is not an option for every child. Children will also need to be closely monitored after the procedure to avoid danger. Nausea is also a potential side effect.
Different “kiddie cocktails” are available so don’t rule out this option if your child has an allergy!
Recovery: Requires close monitoring for up to 6 hours
IV Sedation is the most powerful form of sedation offered at Solomon Kids. This form of sedation is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist. This option is used for especially fearful patients and very young children who are not candidates for oral conscious sedation. This is also the recommended sedation for longer procedures such as tooth extractions.
This sedation is very effective and practically ensures that your child will not experience any anxiety, pain, or discomfort throughout their procedure.
Your child will be put into a deep sleep and prior to that, our team will need to use a needle to connect the IV. If your child has a fear of needles, this can be a big issue.
IV sedation works quickly and effectively. Anesthesiologists will also customize delivery based on your child’s age, size and procedure.
Recovery: Requires close monitoring for up to 24 hours
The pediatric dentists at Solomon Kids are well-equipped to make recommendations based on your child’s specific needs, limitations and procedure. What might be best for one child, could be unnecessary for another.
You can use our simple guide below to learn more about the different types of sedation dentistry, that way at your next appointment you can ask our dentists about the best options available. Have a question about sedation dentistry? You can call us directly at 843-419-1365.
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Our pediatric dentist aren’t just experts at treating the common pediatric dental conditions listed above, they also have extensive training and experience in treating complex dental issues, and working with children who have severe behavioral or medical issues. If you have questions about an issue that wasn’t listed above, don’t hesitate to give Summerville’s leading dentist for kids call so we can properly understand and address your problems!