Is Sedation Necessary for Kids?

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Kids would typically feel anxious or be fearful when they are going to a dental procedure. This anxiety may lead to stress and the reason for skipping dental visits. Kids can imagine how painful it is to undergo a dental process, especially when their gums and teeth are hurting. Doing one of the most common procedures for kids is tooth extraction, or the removal of teeth can scare the kids. As your dental partner, we would like to help the parents understand the need for Sedation in a procedure.

What is Sedation?

Sedation is an act of providing medication to a patient to make them feel relaxed or calm during dental procedures. It is a component of general anesthesia and often uses before minor procedures at the dental clinic. Kids who are under Sedation are awake, or in lighter sleep, they are conscious and responds to stimulation, such as being asked by the pediatric dentist to close or open their mouth.

This type of medication does not control pain or discomfort. However, it will give your child numbness feeling inside their mouth during the entire procedure and sometimes make them fall asleep that they could not even remember that they have received the method. The patient’s sensation depends upon the level of Sedation.

What are the levels of Sedation?

It has different kinds of levels depends on the recommendation of your pediatric dentist and patient conditions. Many medications may result in the Sedation of the patient, along with a duration of altered level of consciousness. It is necessary to be able to recognize the difference between the levels.

The first level is mild, wherein the patient is conscious and can still remember everything and would give your child calmness and relaxation. The second level is moderate. The dosage of the medication is stronger than the first one; your child is still conscious and can result in not remembering what had happened during the process. The third level of deep Sedation, meaning it has more dosage and more robust than the first two levels. Your child can be at the edge of his awareness.

Last is general anesthesia, and this means that your child will be in a deep sleep during the entire process and will be unresponsive to any stimuli.

What are the types of Sedation Dentistry?

Giving Sedation to your child is completely safe. As a parent, it is necessary to tell your pediatric dentist the health history of your child. It is also important to say to the dentist if your child is suffering from any chronic diseases so that you will be able to receive the best advice and get a proper recommendation for your child’s case. Here are the types of Sedation:

  • Laughing Gas or Nitrous Oxide

This is an option to help make your child feel comfortable and calm. It is safe, mild, and compelling that your dentist can recommend. Your child will receive a mask, which has oxygen mixed with the medication. The mask or cover will remain in place until the procedure is finish. Your child will have to breathe through the nose, not in the mouth. This Sedation will take effect in about 5 minutes.

  • Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation can be given if your child is nervous or highly anxious. The dose may vary to mild to moderate, depending on the prescription. It may provide a drowsy feeling for your child and will keep him stay relaxed during the entire procedure. Your child will still be awake, but most patients either remember a little or nothing at all during the process. It will usually take effect within 20 minutes.

  • IV Sedation

This kind of Sedation needs to happen in a dental clinic wherein your child will get medication through an injection in your child’s vein. During the long period of the procedure, your child is not fully conscious but feels relaxed and has minimized discomfort. Somehow, they can still understand and answer questions. However, this may also vary depending on the dosage of prescription. Your child may feel drowsy or fall asleep throughout the procedure. You must follow your pediatrician dentist’s advice in preparation for this.

During the process, as a parent, you may also feel a bit uncomfortable watching your child undergo a dental procedure. However, encouraging your child and giving him comfort will somehow ease his great fear. You may provide a rewarding treat after the procedure to make him smile.

We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health as they grow.

You can message us here or via our social media accounts for an initial consultation or in booking your appointment.

Sources:

https://www.123dentist.com/learn-about-dental-sedation/

https://www.chp.edu/our-services/dental-services/patient-procedures/sedation

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/n/nitrous-oxide

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