Children who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. 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.
Conscious sedation is an option for children who are mildly to moderately apprehensive. This highly effective method can be administered in oral form or in an inhalation method using nitrous oxide (N20-02).
Deep sedation in a hospital setting is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. Our practice utilizes the Brockton and Caritas Good Samaritan hospitals with a certified anesthesiologist for cases where the patient may pose a threat to their own safety during treatment or for a child under the age of 3 years with extensive dental disease. This will be discussed with the parents/guardians of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
Sedation Dentistry is most helpful for:
- Children who require major treatment
- The very anxious child
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or who are mentally handicapped