Sedation Methods Used in Kids' Dentistry

It's normal for kids to feel anxious about going to the dentist. After all, they have to sit still on a chair while a stranger pokes at their teeth. But, if the Jupiter pediatric dentist is kind and friendly and knows how to treat their teeth in a fun way as we do here at The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, they might be able to overcome their fear. 

However, some kids deal with dental phobia or may need lengthier treatments or have special needs that make it difficult for them to sit still. In that case, we also offer sedation options to ensure your little one will have a positive experience. 

Here are the most common sedation methods used in kids' dentistry. 

First, Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For Children? 

Let's start by addressing the question every parent has: is sedation dentistry safe? 

Yes, sedation dentistry in Jupiter is safe if performed by a trained dentist. Here at The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, our dentists are all specially trained to administer sedation. 

We will start by examining your child's health and medical history to ensure everything is in order. Based on the information acquired, we will recommend the best sedation option for their needs. We will also inform you about the possible side effects and tell you how to best manage them.

Types of Pediatric Sedation Options 

The dental sedation options for kids vary from mild to general anesthesia. Here's a quick breakdown of the different sedation methods in pediatric dentistry: 

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that the child breathes through a small mask. It helps children relax but doesn't make them fall asleep. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once the mask is removed.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral sedation involves getting a pill (usually one hour before the procedure) that will produce a relaxed state. The child may remain awake but feel relaxed, or they may fall asleep.
  • General Anesthesia: In some cases, such as extensive dental work, general anesthesia may be necessary. This involves the use of medications to put the child into a deep sleep, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. 

Does My Child Need Sedation? 

Dr. Sal Colombo or Dr. Yasi Colombo can tell you if your child may benefit from a more positive experience with the help of sedation. Here at The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, our purpose isn't to just treat your child's teeth but to do it in a calm, relaxed, and friendly atmosphere. And, in some cases, that can be achieved with the help of sedation. 

Book your appointment with The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids to determine if your child can benefit from sedation and what method fits their needs best. 

You can book your consultation by getting in touch with us online or by calling (561) 510-1450

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