Sedation Dentistry Q & A
Why would children need sedation for dental procedures?
Children often struggle with sitting still, especially in situations that feel awkward or last a long time. Additionally, some children may find the process stressful, to the point that it induces severe anxiety. In these cases, it is better to sedate a child than risk them not getting the dental treatment they require.
Is sedation safe for children?
Sedation dentistry is used with millions of patients every year, including children. We have undergone specialized training in using these techniques with children. With any medical procedure, there are risks, and we encourage you to come to us with any concerns you may have.
What type of sedation is used for children?
There are multiple types of sedation that are used with pediatric patients. These include:
- Inhalants like nitrous oxide
- Oral medications for mild sedation
- IV medications for deep sedation
We ensure that the proper specialists are present and the right monitoring equipment used for each type of sedation.
How do I prepare my child for sedation?
This will vary based on the type of sedation used. We will explain what you need to do in advance of the procedure. Be certain to follow them exactly.
How do I care for my child after sedation?
This will depend on the type of sedation used, the procedure they underwent, and how they feel afterwards. Grogginess and nausea are common, so we suggest delaying food for a few hours, then starting with liquids and soft foods.
As specialists in pediatric dentistry, the dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental can answer any questions you might have about sedation for dental treatment in children.