It can be hard to access kid’s dental care if your child is particularly fearful about visiting the dentist. However, IV sedation at a kid’s dentist can help your child to overcome this obstacle. Before taking advantage of this service, parents may have a number of questions. Here are some of the most common concerns of parents consider IV sedation for their children.
Pediatric anesthesiologists administer doses of anti-anxiety medications that are tailored to each child’s specific needs. In addition to helping fearful patients, IV sedation may also be appropriate for children who are in need of lengthy, complex interventions when it might be hard to sit still for extended periods of time. Children with a strong gag reflex may also benefit from IV sedation.
The pediatric anesthesiologists who oversee the IV sedation have expertise in working with children and monitoring their vital signs throughout the appointment. IV sedation also is safer than general anesthesia because the airway remains open throughout the procedure and does not need to be maintained artificially as it does with general anesthesia.
One of the benefits of IV sedation is that children have no memory of the procedure after the sedative effects have worn off. This eliminates the possibility that a bad experience will feed into an existing dental fear.
Children with special needs may be even more fearful of getting kid’s dental care, especially if they have difficulty verbalizing their feelings. IV sedation can help to calm them for the appointment.
Could IV sedation help your child get the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy smile? Call our office and speak to one of our experienced staff members to learn more about this treatment option and discuss any more questions you may have about sedation.