Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry for My Anxious Kid?

Dental visits are often a source of anxiety for both children and adults. The American Dental Association has found that 22% of all adults avoid dental care due to fear of the dentist. Kids Choice Dental offers pediatric sedation dentistry for kids in Washington State. This allows for a more comfortable dental visit and helps to ease anxiety. The sedation we offer is mild and doesn’t typically put your child to sleep. We understand you may have some concerns, but sedation is very safe and we offer a few different options.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a pill that is provided by your dentist. It helps ease anxiety and helps the child to relax. The patient often takes this pill prior to the beginning of the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas that the patient inhales through a mask. It is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide helps to reduce anxiety and keep your child calm. It works rather quickly, usually taking effect in only a few minutes. After the procedure’s completion, the dentist or his assistant will provide pure oxygen to remove any remaining nitrous oxide.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation delivers sedation medication directly to the vein by a needle. Usually the needle is inserted into the back of the hand. The patient is typically unaware of the procedure and will not remember much of the dental work done. After the procedure your child may still be a little sleepy and unsteady.

Prior to Sedation

Preparing your child for the best experience at the dental office is important. There are a few things you can do to ensure the best outcome:

  1. Solid food should be avoided a few hours before sedation. Follow your dentist’s guideline if provided.
  2. Make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothing.
  3. Advise the dentist of any prescription or over the counter medication your child takes.
  4. Provide your child with a comfort item, whether a favorite toy or small blanket.

After Care Instructions

After your child’s procedure, there may be some grogginess, nausea, loss of coordination, and even some giggling. All of this is a normal side effect of sedation. You child may need some time to rest and some aftercare is recommended.

  1. Keep an eye on your child and monitor them closely.
  2. If your child’s mouth is sore, offer soft and/or cold foods. Avoid providing hot food.
  3. Provide plenty of fluids and keep them hydrated.
  4. An ice-pack will help with any swelling.

Sedation Dentistry for Kids in Washington State

Kid’s Choice Dental can administer dental sedation safely. We are available to discuss the available options and which would be right for your child. Our practice will always attempt to make sure your children are comfortable while in our care. Pediatric dental sedation in Seattle and Washington State is but one option we utilize to make our procedures less scary and allow your child to be more relaxed. Contact us today to discuss sedation options.

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