There are many situations when having your child alert and paying attention to what is going on around them is warranted. However, extensive dental repair is not one of those times. When dental correction is required for your child, a visit with a kid’s dentist specializing in IV sedation may provide the best option for you and your child.
Corrective or extensive dental surgery creates anxiety in patients of all ages. Fear of the unknown … what is going to happen; how long will the procedure take; will it hurt; will I look different after the procedure … all of these things creep into the mind of patients. And when the patient is your child, there is real fear coupled with a million questions.
Children with severe anxiety, the inability to sit still, or special needs due to a physical or mental condition often benefit with some type of sedation dentistry.
Pediatric dentistry is an important aspect of dental treatment. Dental providers are educated and specialize in the treatment of children. There are many times when dental procedures require more than just doing the work … when children are involved, handling them and knowing/understanding their needs can mean the difference between a successful procedure and an awful experience for patient, parent, and provider.
Children with severe anxiety, the inability to sit still, or special needs due to a physical or mental condition often benefit with some type of sedation dentistry. IV sedation provided by your kid’s dentist may be recommended during their consultation appointment.
On the day of treatment, your child will be given small and controlled doses of anesthetic. Throughout the procedure, your child’s vital signs are continuously monitored. Your child is never left alone, and is monitored by someone trained and experienced in IV sedation.
With IV sedation, the patient is totally unaware of their surroundings. This means there will be no recollection of the procedure including the sounds made, conversation between the dentist and staff, or what transpired during treatment.
This eliminates those fears and anxiety that might be experienced at the sound of drills or if the procedure is taking longer than expected.
At the conclusion of treatment, the patient will be somewhat groggy for the remainder of the day, but will not recall anything about their appointment. Depending on what procedure was completed, medication for discomfort may be dispensed with follow-up visits recommended.
Your skilled kid’s dentist at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry is a wonderful asset for any child experiencing high anxiety or with special needs.