Many children feel anxious and stressed at the very thought of undergoing dental procedures. Sedation options can make their treatment comfortable and more enjoyable. At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we make dental treatments much easier for children suffering from challenging emotional and physical barriers. We have several sedation options to help ease your child’s discomfort.
How Can Sedation Help Your Child?
Children may feel more anxious about visiting the dental office than adults. The dental chair, instruments, and unfamiliar surroundings can be pretty scary for young minds. Though our courteous staff will always do their best to provide gentle care, games, or discreet persuasion, it may not be sufficient for some children. They may have special needs that can only be overcome only with the help of sedation techniques.
What Are the Types Of Sedation?
There are three main categories of sedation available including:
The nitrous oxide sedative is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This type of sedation calms nervous and anxious children but doesn't hamper their natural reflexes or render them unconscious. The child will still be able to talk and interact with the people around them. Patients from young to old may benefit from a dose that is taken just by breathing in and out.
Nitrous oxide is not addictive, and its effects will leave the body quickly. However, it is still a very effective sedative because not only does it help relax the child, but it also bolts pain and makes them feel that the dental procedure has been accomplished pretty quickly.
For children who have mild to severe dental phobia or require an intensive procedure, we can administer anti-anxiety medication before their treatment. That way, before treatment is started, they will already be more mentally and physically stress-free. They should remain awake the entire time and respond to simple instructions, but the appointment will go by very fast for them, and they will likely have a vague memory of it afterward.
Anesthesia, which makes patients completely unconscious, may be recommended for children with extreme behavior challenges, limited comprehension, physical handicaps, or high sensitivity to pain.
It will also be used for dental procedures that are, in principle, very complicated, that require a long time, and would therefore be challenging to perform on a conscious patient.
If you are interested in learning more about our sedation dentistry options, call Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry in New Caney, TX 77357 at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roshan Roshannejad.