Sedating children dental work

Deep conscious sedation usually relies on the use of sedative medication delivered through a vein (intravenously).All of the above can be administered in an office setting by a dentist who is specially trained and qualified in dental sedation.Because reducing fear and anxiety is not the same as preventing pain, minimal or moderate oral conscious sedation is often accompanied by a nitrous oxide/oxygen combination, which when inhaled produces some pain relief; this is used with a local anesthetic delivered by injection.If your child is to be sedated at the dental office, you will typically be instructed to feed him a low-fat dinner the night before and then have him refrain from all food or liquid from that point until after treatment.

General anesthesia by contrast is the total loss of consciousness, and is therefore not considered conscious sedation.Advances in sedation drug therapy have enabled many pediatric healthcare providers to treat children and teenagers who would otherwise be too anxious and fearful.Many dental professionals who treat kids are now performing more invasive procedures, such as filling cavities or extracting teeth, in conjunction with conscious sedation.Dear Doctor, My 10-year-old has multiple cavities that need treating, and he’s really anxious despite the best efforts of our dentist.


What can be done to make the necessary treatment as easy as possible for him?On the day of the procedure, your child will receive a pre-sedation physical evaluation by the dentist, who will administer one or more sedative drugs in a syrup form.


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