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Is It Safe for Kids to Have Dental Sedation?

Like all loving parents, you want the best for your child. You’ve heard a lot about sedation dentistry and you wonder if it’s a good idea for your kids to have it.

Kinds of Sedation Available

Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, this option is great because it has no side-effects or known allergies. It can be instantly reversed and gives kids a giggly feeling.

Oral – Pills or a syrup can help kids relax without making them unconscious. They probably won’t remember what happened or even care about what’s happening during treatment.

Intravenous (General) – Specialists trained in this will monitor your child the entire time they “sleep” during the procedure.

Why Your Dentist May Recommend Sedation

Children might need sedation if:

  • They have special needs that make it difficult for them to sit still
  • They need treatment at a very young age
  • They are especially nervous in the dental chair
  • Your dentist needs to perform a lengthy or complex procedure

Make Sedation a Safe Experience

Happily, you can play a part. Make sure that you follow the doctor’s orders exactly when it comes to preparing your child for treatment. This includes any directions about whether or not they can have breakfast on the day of the procedure.

Keep your tone and demeanor upbeat when you discuss the procedure with your child. It won’t help them if they pick up on your fear and anxiety! Do all you can to help them feel secure and comfortable after the sedation wears off. Lastly, trust that the medical staff at the office know exactly what to do and have your child’s best interests at heart.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


Dentistry for Special Needs Patients

In the field of dentistry, a special needs patient is a person with a physical, medical, intellectual, or developmental diabilities that affects their ability to maintain good oral health or receive standard dental treatment. Some examples include people with Down’s syndrome, AHDH, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, arthritis, or paralyzed people. These individuals have a higher risk of developing oral pathologies (in some cases life-threatening) than the able population, and also have a high need for preventative dental treatment from an early age. Fortunately, alternative dental services have been developed to effectively treat individuals with special needs.

In special needs dentistry, certain accommodations are provided to make visiting the dentist easier for the patient. Dental practices offering special needs dentistry are equipped with disability-friendly amenities such as: disabled parking privileges; wheelchair ramps; specialized reclining wheelchairs; walkers; and special dental chairs.

Some special needs patients, such as those with autism or ADHD, may have strong, negative reactions to the restrictiveness of the dental chair or to dental tools. A special needs patient who finds it hard to sit still, or who is crying or screaming, is very difficult to treat, and the risk of injury to the patient is also increased. Thus, while special needs dentistry seeks to make dental treatment safer and more comfortable for the patient, another goal is to make it easier for the dentist to do his or her job. In this sense, another aspect of special needs dentistry is providing solutions like sedation, papoose boards, and noise reduction headphones to relax or restrain the patient.

A critical component of special needs dentistry is the level of skill and comfort that the dental care staff has when it comes to dealing with special needs people. While many dental professions are trained in things such as proper ergonomic techniques when lifting a patient, there is much to be said for a dentist’s chair-side manner when dealing with a special needs person. Patience and compassion are crucial aspects of successful special needs dentistry and should always be taken into consideration when seeking dental care for a special needs person.

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