Sedation helps ensure that pediatric dental visits provide young patients with a comfortable experience and effective results. Often, children are intimidated by dental visits or otherwise unable to sit still during exams and treatments for extended periods of time. Sedation helps minimize anxiety and relax children during dental visits – all under the safe supervision of a pediatric dentist.
Did you know…
that children of nearly any age can be sedated? Even infants and toddlers can be sedated for dental treatment. There are many ways of administering sedation to pediatric patients, some of which include inhalation, swallowing medicine or even receiving sedation medication intravenously or via injection.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of sedation are available for my child?
There several different types of sedation available to children. Pediatric patients are most often given nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This gas is inhaled through a mask during the dental visit, providing a relaxing or calming effect. Laughing gas is safe, and its effects wear off nearly immediately after treatment. Other types of sedation may be necessary for children with greater anxiety levels or special needs. Examples include oral sedation given prior to the dental visit, as well as IV sedation, which usually leaves children with little or no memory of their dental treatment. When a child needs to be completely asleep due to anxiety or behavior, our dentists bring the child to a surgery center next door to Children’s Dentistry of North Las Vegas. The Surgical center is called Sun Valley Surgery Center, located at 4090 N MLK BLVD, North Las Vegas Nv 89032. The surgery center is located directly behind Children’s Dentistry of North Las Vegas. We work extensively with their anesthesiologists and staff on a weekly basis. When treating children in the surgery center, our dentists take new x rays, photos, create a new treatment plan, and complete all treatment in a single visit. This is preferable to multiple visits in the children’s clinic, if the dentist is only able to complete partial treatment. A series of partial or incomplete dental treatments can lead to dental fears and future anxiety for children.
Should I consider pediatric sedation for my child’s next dental visit?
Your child may be a candidate for pediatric sedation dentistry if he or she has special needs, is very young, has difficulty sitting still, or has anxiety about visiting the dentist. Your child’s dentist may also recommend sedation if your child will be undergoing a lengthy or extensive dental treatment. For more information about pediatric sedation and whether it is right for your child, contact our office. At all children’s dentistry locations we have nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help them through any procedure. when short appointments or single tooth treatments are needed, nitrous oxide is a great adjunct to help your child. For more extensive treatment or uncooperative children, we recommend treating your child in the dental surgery center.
How will my child need to prepare for a dental visit involving sedation?
You will be given instructions for preparation prior to your appointment. Your child may not be allowed to eat any food for 8 hours prior to their surgery appointment. Your child may not ingest water for 2 hours prior to the procedure. If your child experiences anxiety prior to the visit, consider letting him or her bring a ‘comfort’ item, such as a blanket or stuffed animal. The anesthesiologist may consider giving your child oral medication, a syrup, to help calm them down 30 minutes before they are seen.