We Offer Options To Help Anxious Kids Stay Calm

dallas kids sedationDoes your child feel anxiety about the dentist, or does your little one have a phobia about visiting the office for treatment? We want to help kids of ages, even those with anxiety and special needs, enjoy their time in the office so they look forward to their next visit! In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how we accomplish this with dental sedation.

When We Offer Dental Sedation

Our team offers this for children undergoing more involved treatments, such as tooth extraction, so they remain calm and comfortable, but conscious, throughout the procedure. This can also be helpful if children have anxiety or special needs that makes undergoing even minor cleanings a difficult process. We have three selections to choose from, and want to make sure children receive the one that works best for them.

Choosing Which Medication is Right for Your Child

We take a number of different factors into account when we select a calming agent for our young patients. For example, we will factor in medications your child is taking, overall medical history, age and weight, and anxiety levels too. Our team includes trained anesthesiologists who are board-certified experts and members of the Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates. No matter how mild the sedation option we choose, these experts will be on hand to monitor your child and oversee the process.

Our Three Calming Options

The most common and mild option is nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas. Your little one wears a mask over the nose and inhales a special gas, entering a relaxed state right away. The medication wears off once the procedure does, so your child could even return to school!

If your little one needs a slightly deeper state of calm, oral conscious sedation is taken before the procedure in pill or liquid form, and offers a more substantial state of calm. The effects take time to wear off, so your little one will be a bit groggy and unable to return to school in most cases.

The deepest form, one we reserve for advanced treatments and those with special needs or anxiety, is IV. Administered intravenously, this offers the deepest state of calm possible. Again, your child may be groggy afterward. If you have any questions about our calming options, or fit you want to schedule a visit for your child, then contact our team today to learn more.

Schedule Your Little One’s Visit Today!

Our team wants to help kids with anxiety and special needs enjoy their time in the office. To learn more about our approach to sedation dentistry, then please contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.


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