How do I know if my child will need IV sedation during a dental procedure?

How do I know if my child will need IV sedation during a dental procedure?

August 7, 2015 / in IV sedation kids dentist / by FWCD-Admin
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Does your child have dental phobias? Perhaps your son or daughter is generally apprehensive about receiving oral health treatment because remaining still during lengthy treatment is difficult, or the sounds of medical equipment makes him or her feel uneasy. Many children benefit from sedatives during treatment. For this reason, our kid’s dentist office offers IV sedation to help promote a relaxing and positive experience for children with fears, as well as those who have special needs. Following is some helpful information if you are wondering if your child would benefit from IV sedation.

Why types of sedation are used pediatric dentistry?

Sedation has been used in dentistry for centuries. There are different types of sedation that each offer unique advantages. Some patients only require mild sedation such as nitrous oxide gas, which produces calming and pain-relieving effects quickly. In other cases, children might benefit from taking a sedative tablet that is prescribed by our dentists. IV sedation, however, involves using anti-anxiety medication that is administered like anesthesia. This form of sedation allows children to receive treatment in a safe, comfortable environment where our pediatric anesthesiologists closely monitor the dosage and effects of anesthesia with the latest technology. IV sedation allows our team to adjust the dosage of medication if necessary so that children only receive the amount of medication required to produce the desired effect.

What are the benefits of IV sedation?

Our kid’s dentists offer IV sedation because it can improve the quality of treatment as well as our young patients’ experiences with our team members. IV sedation relieves all feelings of anxiety and nervousness while placing our patients in a comfortable, sleep-like state. If complex or lengthy treatment is needed, this type of sedation is ideal because it helps children remain still throughout treatment. IV sedation also helps reduce dental phobias since children are sleeping during treatment and will have no uncomfortable memories of unpleasant sounds or sensations.

If you think your child might benefit from IV sedation, we recommend that you discuss this option with one of our specialists. Call our pediatric dentistry practice, Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry, today to reserve an appointment with our caring staff.