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Dental Sedation for Children – the Risks vs. the Benefits

Many pediatric dental offices incorporate a few different kinds of sedation into their procedures.

Why? What are the benefits? Is sedation safe for children?

Why Pediatric Dental Sedation?

Children in particular can get very nervous about medical or dental treatment. Sedation helps them relax and feel at ease.

Many adults also feel anxious about dentistry. But they are more capable of controlling their emotions and sitting still. Children, on the other hand, may not fully understand what’s going on nor comprehend the fact that this is for their wellbeing.

Sedation can put kids into a drowsy, sleep-like state so that they sit still long enough to have the necessary treatment completed. This spares them unnecessary discomfort and distress, and keeps them safe throughout the process.

Not all children need dental sedation for routine procedures, however. Very young patients, those in need of complex treatment, or children with special needs are more likely to require it.

Risks of Sedation in Dental Offices

Risks include the patient’s airway being blocked during sedation or slipping into a deeper level of sedation than intended.

Such emergencies can be prevented and averted by a properly qualified and experienced dental team.

You can also make your child’s dental sedation safer by:

  • Disclosing your child’s full medical history to the dentist
  • Complying with the dentist’s instructions
  • Rescheduling the treatment if your child is sick

A caring team will make sure to take every precaution during treatment to ensure your child’s safety.

Talk with your child’s dentist to learn about sedation options and safety measures.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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