The type of sedation a child might need depends on several factors, such as the child’s age, ability to tolerate a procedure, medical history, severe gag reflex and the extent of tooth decay.
You needn’t be afraid of sedation or general anesthesia for your child, but you should ask questions, said Dr.
Few people find it easy to sit still at the dentists for extended periods, and children are no different. It’s a challenge as a parent to schedule multiple appointments around work, school, childcare, and activities.
For kids who need a lot of work done, sedation can help them be more comfortable and hold still longer. Many parents intend to finish a treatment plan but are unable to make every appointment.
Sedation dentistry allows dentists to accomplish more during each office visit, reducing the number of total visits a child requires – which often means parents miss less work as well.
As important, if not more important, sedation dentistry relieves children of much of their anxiety – meaning they won't develop a lifelong phobia of visiting the dentist.
Sedating pediatric dental patients is usually recommended for otherwise healthy kids who require extensive dental treatments and/or are likely to be anxious in unfamiliar settings.One thing doesn’t change, however, and that is that you want a safe environment for your child to receive optimum care.