Children who are very young or who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective methods available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
Nitrous oxide is an option for children who are mildly apprehensive. This highly effective method can be administered with inhalation.
Deep sedation is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. Our practice utilizes a certified anesthesiologist for cases where the patient may pose a threat to their own safety during treatment. Dr. Nick also has special privileges at California Pacific Medical Center where this type of sedation can be completed in a hospital operating room. These options may be discussed with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
Sedation dentistry is most helpful for:
- Children who require major treatment
- A very anxious child
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or have special needs