Going to the dentist is frightening to some children, especially if they’ve heard scary stories from their parents or have experienced pain at a dental appointment. However, like adults, dentists can use sedation dentistry to help children overcome their fear and get the dental treatments they need.
Since the sedatives that dentists use to calm their patients are drugs, parents may wonder if they are safe to give their children. Fortunately for kids who fear the dentist, the answer is yes, sedation is safe for your little ones.
Our family dentists at El Dorado Hills Town Center Dental are aware of the concerns that you have about giving sedatives to your children because many of them are parents too. Our dentists in El Dorado Hills, CA use three types of sedation with children:
Laughing gas is a mild sedative delivered through a face mask. It helps relax children in preparation for their procedure. It only takes a few seconds to go into effect, and our dentists monitor the sedation throughout the procedure. It also has a mild analgesic effect, so your children shouldn’t feel the injections to numb the tooth, nerves, and skin.
Oral sedation is usually given to patients in pill form, and it helps to relax the patient before their procedure. While it isn’t designed to put them to sleep, they may not remember what happens when it takes effect. It also helps with pain, so they shouldn’t feel anything when they get injections. Oral sedation can take about 20 minutes before it goes into effect.
This form of dental sedation is also known as Twilight sedation. It is delivered by inserting a needle in the arm to put in an IV line. It can put kids to sleep, so they shouldn’t feel any injections or pain from their procedures. It takes effect in about five minutes or so.
If your child is nervous about going to the dentist, let one of our dentists at El Dorado Hills Town Center Dental in El Dorado Hills, CA know, and they can use one of these forms of sedation to allay the fears of your child.