If your dentist has suggested dental sedation for your child, safety will be your top consideration. Dentists for children often recommend sedation for long and complex procedures, and for young and nervous patients.
There are many types of sedation that may be used for your child. Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, will also help your child remain calm. A mask will be used to deliver a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Within 5 minutes, your child will relax. Following the procedure, your child will be given pure oxygen to clear any remaining nitrous oxide out of their system.
Depending on the age, level of anxiety, and amount of treatment needed, your dentist may recommend an oral conscious sedation or intravenous sedation. Your dentist will speak with you about these types of sedation if they are needed.
Prior to their appointment, you should restrict your child’s food and drink intake based on your dentist’s suggestions. If you would like additional information about preparing your child for their procedure, reach out to our office. Our friendly staff would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding your child’s appointment or the sedation options available to them.
Meeting with the dentist beforehand will ensure that you have a complete understanding of the procedure for dental sedation in Houston and The Woodlands and ensure a great visit for your child.