Q: Why would a child need sedation just to have teeth fixed?
A: Children who have extensive treatment, are very young, have special needs, or those who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the pediatric dentist to perform treatment, may require some level of sedation. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
Without treatment, dental diseases can progress and may adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition and other activities necessary for normal growth and development.
Q: Is sedation safe?
A: The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry maintain sedation is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Prior to using a sedative, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. In addition, before administering any sedative, your pediatric dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Q: If sedation is recommended to treat my child's teeth, how can I be sure this is the best option?
A: We will be sure to explain all treatment options and their benefits and risks with you thoroughly. Because there are different types of sedations available depending on the child’s/parents needs, we will customize your child’s treatment plan. If at any time you still have any concerns or questions, please let us know.