When a child develops a cavity or an infected tooth, then treatment is necessary to address them. To help ensure your little one feels calm and relaxed during the visit, and avoids discomfort, we may suggest dental sedation. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, dentist takes a look at the options we offer to help your little ones stay comfortable during their procedures!
When Do We Prescribe Dental Sedation?
We may recommend this for kids undergoing restoration placement or having a tooth removed. A calming agent could also be recommended for children with dental anxiety or special needs, which could otherwise make even a minor procedure a difficult process. A number of factors will be taken into account when prescribing a calming agent, including medical history and anxiety levels. During the process, our team works with medical doctors who are members of the Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) and are board-certified.
Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation
One of the most common options is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. We administer nitrous oxide through a mask over the nose. The gas then relaxes the child and ensures he or she has little to no memory of the process afterward. The effects wear off almost immediately and your child could even return to school. Oral sedation is taken in pill form before the procedure and offers a deeper state of relaxation. Your little one may be a little groggy afterward and shouldn’t return to school.
The deepest form available is IV, and is administered and monitored by a pediatric anesthesiologist. In fact, the anesthesiologist will be on hand for the entire procedure. This option is best for children with more severe cases of anxiety or special needs.
If you have any questions about the options we provide, or if your child could benefit from them, then contact our team today. We would love to help your child obtain a healthier smile. In fact, the best way to start a journey to a healthier smile is with a checkup and cleaning! Be sure to schedule one soon now that school is out for the summer.
Do You Have Questions About Our Calming Solutions?
We want to make sure that each and every patient feels comfortable and enjoys their time in the office. In addition to sedation, our team carefully examines each step of the procedure and will gladly answer your child’s questions and address their concerns. We want them to feel relaxed and comfortable, and look forward to future visits! To learn more about our approach to pediatric dental care, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.