Is Dental Sedation Safe for Kids?

Kids safety is always a primary concern for parents. When it comes to dental sedation, this is particularly true. Your dentist may recommend sedation for autistic children or those who are very nervous or too young to sit still during procedures. Dental sedation for children is usually quite safe. There are several things parents can do to alleviate stress and reduce the risks before and after dental treatment.

Prior to Sedation

First, parents must be educated about the procedure and be able to prepare the child. Prior to sedation, it is important to follow, and restrictions put forth by the dentist. Your child might be required to have an empty stomach before sedation can be administered. This is a safety precaution because dental sedation can cause the stomach contents to be regurgitated or inhaled into the lungs.

The child’s complete medical history must be provided as well, and the dentist will need a list of any supplements or medications the child is currently taking.

Types of Sedation

There are several dental sedation options, the method used is determined by a patient’s overall health and medical history. At Peak Dental in Austin, Dr. Mimi or Dr. Hollinger will decide which of the following types is best for your child.

  • Minimal Sedation: This is the lightest level of conscious sedation available. This kind of sedative involves nitrous oxide or medication similar to Valium.
  • Moderate Sedation: Commonly known as sedation dentistry, this moderate sedative allows patients to be conscious and respond to questions.
  • Deep Sedation: Referred to as general anesthesia, with this method there is no memory of the procedure. This dental sedation is used for children unable to tolerate dental treatment for mental or physical reasons.

It is most important that the dentist ensures the young patient’s safety during the procedure. For that reason, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature, and heart rate are monitored closely.

It is preferable that parents are present after sedation. A child can sometimes wake up upset or confused and nauseous. For several hours following sedation, keep an eye on your child. If the patient experiences vomiting, fever, excessive bleeding or severe pain, contact your Austin dentist immediately.

Sedation Dentistry for Kids

The dentists at Peak Dental Austin will determine the best course of treatment for your child when you come in for your visit. Together we will determine the right option depending on your child’s level of anxiety and cooperation.

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