Is Dental Sedation Safe for Kids?

If your child has an upcoming dental appointment for a dental filling or a similar treatment, they may be nervous. And you may be nervous, too, especially if you’re thinking about having them sedated for their treatment.

Is dental sedation in Houston really safe for kids? Is it a good idea? And what are your options? Read on to get the answers to these questions and more from Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry.

Dental Sedation Is 100% Safe And Is A Great Option For Nervous Kids

First, dental sedation is completely safe for kids. Pediatric dentists like Dr. Jason Brock have sedated thousands of patients. Dr. Brock is well-versed in the best techniques, proper doses for kids of all ages, and other safety precautions.

We also work closely with parents to make sure their children can be sedated safely. Before your child is sedated, Dr. Brock will ask about their health history, medications and supplements they’re taking, and about other medical details. He will help you choose the safest, most effective, and most appropriate method of sedation for your child.

Our dental team will also keep a close eye on your child and their vital signs throughout their procedure. In the extremely rare case that something unexpected happens, our team will be standing by to keep your child safe.

What Types Of Sedation Are Available For Kids?

You may also be wondering what types of sedation are available for pediatric patients, and which one may be right for your little one. Here’s a quick overview of the most common types of pediatric dental sedation.

  1. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) – Laughing gas is delivered through a nose mask. Your child will breathe in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This will make them feel happy and reduce anxiety. It also helps reduce discomfort and impairs the gag reflex, making it easier for Dr. Brock to provide your child with the care they need. It also wears off more quickly than other types of sedation, usually lasting only about 5 minutes after your child’s appointment is over.

  2. Oral sedation (pills or liquid) – Oral sedation uses a pill or liquid sedative, which makes your child feel very sleepy and groggy. They may forget what happens during their appointment or even fall asleep. They won’t be unconscious, though, and they can be woken up and can respond to commands if necessary.

  3. IV sedation – IV sedation uses the same drugs as oral sedation. However, it’s delivered through a vein using a needle. Since the sedative bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into the bloodstream, IV sedation delivers deeper levels of sedation. Your child will sleep through their procedure. However, IV sedation is not the same thing as general anesthesia. Your child will not be unconscious, and they can breathe on their own without a ventilator.

How Can I Prepare My Child For Their Dental Appointment?

This depends on the type of sedation they’re getting. For example, laughing gas doesn’t require any special steps before your treatment. But before oral sedation or IV sedation, Dr. Brock may need your child to fast (avoid eating) up to 6 hours before their appointment time. 

Dr. Brock and our team will provide you with all the details you need to prepare your child for their appointment, and ensure they have a smooth, comfortable, and anxiety-free experience.

Get The Care You Need In Houston – Contact Us For Sedation Dentistry Today

Dr. Brock and the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry specialize in serving kids who are nervous and anxious about dental care. With our child-friendly approach and sedation, we’ll keep your little ones feeling safe and comfortable throughout their entire appointment. To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason Brock, just contact us online or give us a call at (281) 461-7470. 

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