5 Dental Sedation Methods that are Safe for your Children


Dental sedation is the use of mild sedatives (calming drugs) to help patients relax during the dental procedure. At any age, due to an infection or dental pain, your child might go through a dental procedure which requires general anaesthesia or sedation. When a child has anxiety, is uncooperative, or is unable to sit still, a dental sedation or anaesthesia is recommended. It is one of the most common practices within pediatric dentistry to allow your child to feel less anxious and more comfortable.

5 Dental Sedation Methods that are Safe for your Children


Prior to applying dental sedation, it is important for parents to understand and follow the guidelines set by the dentist for the kids. For example, there may be some food and drink restrictions recommended by the dentist as sedation can pose the risk of vomiting and the vomit being inhaled into the lungs. Even with the guidelines, there is always a skepticism in the parents’ minds whether the dental sedation technique is safe for their child. The following dental sedation methods are safe for children.


1. Nitrous oxide

Commonly known as ‘laughing gas’, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative and the least invasive. Usually, it is inhaled along with a little oxygen. A small sedate mask is used to administer Nitrous Oxide. The benefits of the mask are that it delivers accurate amounts of nitrous oxide and is comfortable and safe for the patient. Nitrous Oxide does not induce sleep immediately but will make the children more relaxed and give them a feeling of lightheadedness. 


2. Mild sedation

Mild sedation is a medication or a combination of medications that are commonly used on older children and adults. Using mild sedation, the child stays awake and calm such that the dentist or surgeon can ask the child to do a certain task and he or she shall be able to do that. In awake condition, the dentist or surgeon can easily administer medications into the child while performing the dental work.



3. Moderate sedation

Moderate sedation makes children sleepier i.e. in a drowsy state such that they are usually able to do what the dentist asks them to do. In moderate sedation, children can breathe on their own and can wake up easily. A good thing about this technique is that after the procedure, your child may not even remember about the dental visit. This makes it possible to avoid any traumatic experience.


4. Deep sedation

Deep sedation puts your child fast asleep during the procedure by involving intravenous (IV) medications. There may be some unconscious movements and noises made by the child under this procedure. However, your child may not be able to breathe well on his or her own and will need respiratory assist. During deep sedation, there should always be at least one additional qualified professional for monitoring your child's heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, and oxygen saturation (breathing). This professional will determine whether your child is fit to go home or not.


5. General anaesthesia

General anaesthesia induces the child into a deep sleep and eliminates any chances of pain. This procedure requires specially-trained anaesthesia professionals who will administer medications and monitor your child throughout the dental procedure while the dentist performs the dental procedure or surgery. The anaesthesia should be administered in a specially equipped dental office, an ambulatory surgical centre (ASC), or a hospital.


It is important to note that under a trained dentist, dental sedation is safe and effective for children. It takes several years of specialized training for dentists or anesthesiologists to administer deep sedation and general anaesthesia. However, to make the dental sedation procedure flawless and safe, parents should ensure the following.

1.    Notify the dentist of your child’s medical condition i.e. illness or medical history if any
2.    Notify the dentist of any medication or supplementation that your child is taking to avoid any ill-reactions of the medication with the sedation method
3.    Avoid feeding your child immediately before the dental sedation.
4.    Dress your child in a loose and comfortable attire so that the dentist can monitor his or her health easily.


5.    Do clear your doubts by asking questions before your child undergoes the dental sedation.

Equally important to the pre-sedation prep is the after-sedation guidelines. Parents should ideally be present when their child wakes up from the sedation procedure as the child can feel confused and nauseated from the procedure. Having a loving and recognizable figure in front of their eyes can help children recover mentally from the sedation effects. The child should not go back immediately to school or daycare after the procedure as they may experience long-lasting effects such as sleepiness or loss of physical coordination. In case of any severe pain, bleeding, vomiting or fever after the dental procedure of their child, parents should immediately contact their dentist.
Overall, dental sedation performed under a trained dentist is safe for kids and makes the experience at the dentistry pleasant for your child. Dental sedation prevents the occurrence of pain during the procedure and prevents trauma to the child during tooth extraction


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