Our team employs dental sedation to help calm anxious kids, and ensure children can enjoy their time in the office. But what option we will provide, and when does a kid need to receive a calming agent? In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist talks about our use of dental sedation for little smiles.
Choosing the Right Option
First, we will take a number of different factors into consideration, such as age, weight, medical and dental history, and anxiety levels. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand for these treatments to monitor sedation levels and your child. We want these to help anxious children feel comfortable and enjoy their time in the office, so they can receive the option they need and lose their fear of the dentist. We know how to help kids feel welcomed and comfortable, and want to help them enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
With general anesthesia, we ensure your child is in a deep state of calm, and asleep for the durable of the procedure. A trained anesthesiologist will use special equipment to help your little on reach this state of calm, and your children will have little to no memory of the procedure afterward. This is a great for kids undergoing more extensive oral surgeries or for those with severe dental anxiety.
The most widespread option, this also referred to as laughing gas. We administer it through a mask over the nose. Your child breathes in the gas and enters a calm and relaxed state, but is still conscious and able to respond to the dentist. Often, he or she will remember little to nothing of the procedure afterward. The effects wear off quickly too, so kids can return to school in many cases.
Oral sedation is taken in the form of a pill or liquid hours before the procedure begins. Your child then enters a deep state of calm and relaxation, with little to no memory of the treatment afterward. They should avoid food and drink for the eight hours before the treatment begins. There may be grogginess, so your little one will need to go home instead of returning to school.
If you have any questions about how we help kids feel calm and relaxed when they see us, then contact our team today to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Talk To Your Round Rock, TX Dentist About Keeping Kids Calm
We would like to make sure every patient feels calm and comfortable when undergoing treatment. If you would like to learn more about our calming agents and treatment options, or if you want to book an appointment, contact your Round Rock, TX, dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.