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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry for children

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures for patients with dental fear or anxiety or for patients who find it difficult to sit for dental treatment. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation, oral sedatives, and general anesthetic.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental fear or anxiety, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, nerve treatment, extractions, gum surgery, and space maintenance often require sedation.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your pediatric dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.

The following types of sedation are used at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry:

Sedation may or may not be a covered benefit of your dental or medical insurance plan. It is best to check with your carrier prior to sedation treatment to verify that the type of sedation being performed is covered by your plan.

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