Oral Sedation 101

When it comes to helping your child achieve a greater state of relaxation, we offer sedation dentistry solutions like oral sedation. While you may like the idea of helping your son or daughter feel a bit more at ease for particular treatments, such as fillings or root canals, we understand that you may have some questions. For instance, what can you expect from this sedation option? Though we encourage you to speak with us over the phone or during your next visit regarding potential calming solutions for your little one, we have gathered the following details to offer you a bit more insight:

What Is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation typically refers to sedation taken orally – or by mouth – which just means that your child will take a pill. This is different than other forms of sedation, such as IV sedation, which requires the use of a small needle and medicine provided intravenously. Children who feel particularly unsure of (or who have a fear of) needles will respond positively to this option. The pill will be classified as an anti-anxiety medicine, which will gently relax your child’s nerves for a more enjoyable visit.

Is My Child A Candidate?

When it comes to sedation, such as oral sedation, we will always need to do a bit of investigating before we can simply offer medicine. First, we would like to know more about your child’s experiences and feelings regarding dentistry. We will also need to determine what other medicines – if any – your child currently takes, while ensuring your child is healthy enough to receive sedation. For the most part, we wish to create an accommodating, comfortable visit each and every time your son or daughter comes to see us. Keep in mind, this type of sedative may take a while to wear off, so you may need to cancel your child’s remaining daily activities to allow time for rest.


At Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda, Dr. Marr provides gentle, compassionate children’s dentistry, including a comprehensive selection of treatments. In combined efforts with her considerate, experienced team, Dr. Marr promotes both comfort and education to safeguard your child’s oral health for many years to come. To learn more or to schedule a visit, contact our office at 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and surrounding communities.

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