Some children may require sedation when undergoing specific dental procedures. The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California, walk you through the different sedation options and determine what will work best for your child. As specialists in pediatric dentistry, the dentists received additional training in both oral conscious and IV sedation in dental care. Call the office or book an appointment online if you’d like to discuss sedation options for your child.
Also known as moderate sedation, oral conscious sedation combines anesthesia with pain medication. That makes your child sleepy but awake enough to follow instructions from the dentist during dental treatment.
Even though your child is somewhat awake, they likely won’t have any recollection of the procedure, and will need to be monitored all day.
The pediatric dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental are well trained to administer oral conscious sedation to children.
If it’s necessary for your child to sleep during the dental procedure, then the dentist may use IV sedation. While sedated, your child may move a little but isn’t able to follow commands or feel pain.
Your child may also have some difficulty breathing under IV sedation, so it’s necessary to have a dental anesthesiologist in the room with the dentist to monitor your child’s breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during and after receiving IV sedation.
To keep your child safe during sedation, you’ll receive specific instructions in preparation for the procedure. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully. You should also inform the dentist of any changes in your child’s health or medication regimen before oral treatment to ensure that it’s safe to proceed.
In preparation for sedation your child’s stomach must be empty, which means no eating or drinking for several hours before the procedure. For comfort, dress your child in loose-fitting clothing. You may also want to keep other children at home to reduce stress for you and your child receiving dental care.
Besides a sore mouth, your child may also feel tired and a little nauseous following oral conscious or IV sedation. At home, let your child rest.
Your child may not be allowed to eat or drink for a few hours after sedation due to the use of numbing medication. Once feeling in the mouth has returned, offer your child liquids first and then soft foods.
Call the dentist if you have any concerns once at home.
The pediatric dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental are well trained in sedation techniques for dental treatment in children and can answer any concerns you might have. Call or schedule an appointment online today to visit the practice.