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Dental Sedation Makes Dentistry Safer for Your Children

As a parent, you may wonder how the trend of dental sedation for kids can affect your family.

Dental sedation can actually make dentistry a safer and more positive experience for children, especially for those with special needs or heightened anxiety.

Types of Sedation Used in Pediatric Dentistry

Dental sedation for is administered in four main methods:

  • Local anesthesia (numbing shots)
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral medication
  • IV sedation

Each of these methods are perfectly safe for children. Your child’s dentist will help you decide which kind your kids need based upon their unique treatment circumstances.

Benefits of Sedation During Dentistry for Children

How can sedation make dentistry safer for kids?

The goal of dental sedation is not to render your child unconscious. Rather, low levels of sedation will help your child relax and remain calm during dental treatment.

Children who get nervous or excited or upset at the dentist’s office can move around a lot. This makes it difficult and sometimes dangerous to try working on their teeth. By calming your child with sedation, they will stay still, cooperative, and safe during treatment.

Additionally, some children suffer high levels of anxiety when they visit the doctor or dentist. Elevated stress levels can take a toll on their bodies. Dental sedation helps kids to relax and remain stress-free.

Finally, sedation can help your child to develop a positive view of dental treatment. If waking up from a nap is all they can remember from their procedure, then they won’t have any reason to develop a negative view of their dental experience.

Is sedation necessary for your child’s next dental visit? Find out by scheduling a one-one-one consultation with your family dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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