Dental Tips Blog

Aug
20

Does Your Child Have to Be Sedated for Dental Treatment?

The younger a child is, the harder it is for them to relax and cooperate with dental treatment. If a child is moving around or crying, it’s nearly impossible to perform delicate procedures on their teeth.

Besides this, kids may not be able to calm their fears and anxieties on their own. Sedation can help a child relax and avoid forming a negative impression of dental care.

But should dental sedation be expected for all kids?

The answer is no.

Dental sedation for children usually involves either a liquid oral medication or laughing gas which they inhale. These very mild forms of sedation are meant to help a child relax, not go unconscious.

However, there is a very small but deadly risk of over-sedating a child with a medication.

Sometimes, certain individuals don’t respond to medication the way they’re supposed to. Medical emergencies are rare, but they can still happen.

The younger kids are, the more delicate their breathing systems will be. Accidentally slipping from mild sedation to unconsciousness could be fatal in a matter of minutes.

Such tragic accidents are usually due to an ill-prepared dental team. This means that dental sedation is safer in an environment such as a hospital or clinic with a large staff trained in anesthesia.

Before opting for dental sedation for your child, you need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits. Properly-administered sedation can help your child get necessary dental care. But it should never be done routinely on kids who can easily tolerate treatment.

Contact your family’s dentist for more details and referrals if you feel your child could benefit from sedation dentistry.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Dec
21

Can My Child Have Laughing Gas at the Dentist’s Office?

Laughing gas is perfectly safe for children. In fact, it’s often the preferred method for helping little tots stay comfortable during dental procedures. Here’s why:

The effects are quickly reversible. Laughing gas is made from a combination of nitrogen and oxygen called nitrous oxide. It simply contains gases naturally found in our atmosphere, just in different concentrations. By controlling how much your child inhales, the dentist can induce light sedation or reverse the proportion so that the oxygen flushes the nitrogen from the system within a matter of minutes at the end of the procedure.

It’s given in carefully controlled dosages. There is no one-size-fits-all, here. Your child would be given the minimum amount of nitrogen necessary to help him or her stay comfortable. If they don’t accept it well, it can be adjusted or turned off.

Low allergy risk.  With other sedative methods, there is always a small risk of allergic reaction. Nitrous oxide is extremely safe for most people to use.

Zero side-effects. As long as a carefully-trained clinician administers the laughing gas, your child will recover just fine. There won’t be any lingering effects like other sedatives have.

Benefits Of Laughing Gas For Kids

  • Reduces anxiety for children, especially those too young to understand what’s going on
  • Comfortable to administer
  • Has a pleasant scent (kids often pick from vanilla, orange, cotton candy, etc.)
  • Makes it easier to administer other pain-dulling medications, as needed

If you are concerned about the safety of dental sedation for your child, talk with your family or pediatric dentist about how laughing gas could help.

Posted on behalf of:
Mendota Springs Dentistry
6317 McKee Rd #500
Fitchburg, WI 53719
(608) 957-7709

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