The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients can receive their proper dental treatments. While here at Overjoyed Pediatric Dentistry, we provide a child-friendly environment with expertise in treating young patients, there may still be time and needs for treatment under sedation due to a variety reasons. These reasons may include patient’s young age, child’s behavior/anxiety, past negative experience at the dentist, or other special health history considerations.
Did you know:
That here are three different types of sedation dentistry? You can opt for sedation administered in one of the following ways:
- Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, N2O offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.
- IV Sedation/General Anesthesia – With the presence of an Anesthesiologist, this level of sedation allows completion of all dental treatment with no recollection from patients regarding the treatment experience. During the entirety of the procedure, the Anesthesiologist is focused in administering the proper dosage of medication to keep the child comfortable and sedated. This allows the Pediatric Dentist undivided attention in completing all the dental treatments in a safe, effective, and efficient manner for best treatment outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose sedation dentistry?
Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Prior for consideration for sedation dentistry, the child’s medical history is consulted, and medical clearance by patient’s Pediatrician is needed prior to the sedation treatment to determine eligibility. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether N2O vs General Anesthesia will best meet your child’s needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.
What should I expect on the day of treatment under General Anesthesia?
Upon arrival at our facility, your child’s weight will be taken, and a survey of your child’s health and when the last time your child has eaten or drank will be taken. The Anesthesiologist will interview you and your child and will proceed with an inspection of your child’s airway and heart in order to ensure your child is healthy to undergo General Anesthesia. A parent can accompany the patient to the treatment room to receive the mask that will initially sedate the child. Soon the parent will be escorted to the waiting room, and typically the dental treatments will take an average of 1-2 hours depending on treatment needs.
Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?
Patients may resume normal activity if patients only received N2O for treatment. For treatments that were performed under General Anesthesia, we ask patients to refrain from physical activity for the day and to relax at home. Most patients can return to normal activity or school the following day.