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Everything You Need to Know about Child Sedation Dentistry

How Can My Anxious Child Get the Dental Care They Need?

Even adults can get anxious to see the dentist, so it’s no surprise many children are hesitant to stop by the office and sit through an appointment. Additionally, the child needs to lie still during certain procedures, which is all but impossible when the child is very young or anxious.

Luckily, there are several types of sedation options available to make sure the child can get through these procedures without pain, discomfort, or otherwise bad experiences that will make them even more afraid of the dentist.

What to Expect During the Consultation

Once the dentist takes a look at your child’s tooth and sets the treatment, they will discuss with you at length about the sedation options. This is chosen based on the child’s health, as well as the specific procedures.

Our dentists will provide you with all the information about the sedation, so you’ll be completely aware of what the process will entail. Additionally, our team is specifically trained to provide sedation to children.

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Explore Your Child’s Sedation Options

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Laughing Gas or Minimally Inhaled Sedation

The child inhales some nitrous oxide with oxygen, which will relax them and make them a bit giggly. This is why the gas is commonly called ‘laughing gas’. It’s a minor form of sedation appropriate for some more lighthearted treatments.

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General Anesthesia

We do all of our general anesthesia procedures at a fully accredited surgery center - Mobisurg - and we use pediatric trained medical anesthesiologist for all procedures.

Dental Anesthesia

Laughing Gas or Minimally Inhaled Sedation

The child inhales some nitrous oxide with oxygen, which will relax them and make them a bit giggly. This is why the gas is commonly called ‘laughing gas’. It’s a minor form of sedation appropriate for some more lighthearted treatments.

Dental anesthesia

General Anesthesia

We do all of our general anesthesia procedures at a fully accredited surgery center - Mobisurg - and we use pediatric trained medical anesthesiologist for all procedures.

Common Questions About Sedation

Understanding how sedation affects your child

Is sedation safe for my child?

No sedation is completely risk-free. However, your child will be closely monitored during the procedure, and our team at South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are well trained in administering sedation to children.

What if something bad happens during the procedure?

Because there is always a risk, no matter how small, we at South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are extremely careful regarding the safety of your child. We have special meditation and tools in place that will allow us to quickly intervene if needed.

Can you do the procedures without sedation? I’m afraid of the risks.

Some procedures are simply not possible to be completed without sedation. We understand the concern of the parents. The type of sedation chosen will be influenced by both the procedure itself and the child’s medical record, which will greatly reduce any risks.

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