If your child experiences dental anxiety or has trouble sitting still, consider sedation dentistry. This type of treatment allows your child to relax throughout their appointment, ensuring the best possible outcome. At Surprise Pediatric Dentistry in Surprise, Arizona, the team of expert dentists offers several types of sedation dentistry on-site, including nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. To schedule an appointment for your child, book online, or call the office to speak with a friendly team member today.
Sedation dentistry uses prescription medications to help your child relax during dental cleanings, oral exams, and other procedures.
About 16% of school-aged children experience some type of dental anxiety. If your child fears visiting the dentist, has special needs, or finds it difficult to sit still for long periods, sedation dentistry can help them relax and receive the care they need.
At Surprise Pediatric Dentistry, the team offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:
IV sedation involves the team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry administering sedative medication through a needle and into a vein. IV sedation passes your child’s digestive system entirely, allowing for quicker and longer-lasting effects.
Your child’s provider can adjust the amount of anesthesia they receive throughout treatment. Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation doesn’t put your child to sleep. They can answer questions or respond to instructions throughout treatment.
If your child experiences extreme dental anxiety, they might benefit from general anesthesia. General anesthesia uses FDA-approved medication to put your child to sleep. This type of sedation dentistry is particularly beneficial if your child needs to undergo several procedures at once.
Only a qualified dentist can determine the type of sedation dentistry that will most benefit your child. Following an in-office oral exam and a review of your child’s oral health history, the team can make recommendations that align with your child’s unique needs.
Sedation dentistry is safe and usually well-tolerated. If your child has any underlying health problems, like diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, or obesity, let the team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry know. These conditions won’t necessarily prevent them from receiving sedation dentistry, but they may increase the risk of complications.
The team at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry has years of experience administering sedation dentistry. Throughout treatment, they monitor your child’s vital signs including their heart and respiratory rate.
To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment for your child at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry. Book online or call the office today.