About the Use of Oral Sedation for Dental Exams and Treatments
Oral sedation (sometimes called a “conscious sedation”) is a form of sedation dentistry that uses medications to assist the child to cope with fear and anxiety and cooperate with dental treatment. Medications and dosages will be selected that are unlikely to cause loss of consciousness in your child. Most medication used for an oral sedation cause a loss of memory and a groggy (tired) sensation. Click here to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills or are very young and do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion for the delivery of dental care would likely be a good candidate for an oral sedation. Oral sedation is often helpful for some children who have special needs. It allows a child to cope better with dental treatment. In order to alleviate potential anxiety in your child, we recommend minimal discussion of the dental appointment with your child prior to the appointment.
Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry has a special room designed for oral sedation where the parent and the child will be allowed to rest comfortably and watch a movie or television during the sedation appointment. This room is separated from the rest of the office. At all times during the appointment, your child’s vital signs will be monitored with a pulse oximeter and a team member will be closely caring for and observe your child. The sedation room at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry is equipped with all the necessary equipment and medications to deal with any urgent situation that may arise during the sedation appointment. In addition, Dr. Healy has received and continue to receive an immense amount of training specifically related to pediatric oral sedation.
Oral sedation has a great track record of safety and effectiveness. However, oral sedation is not always the best option for treatment, especially in children with very extreme anxiety or poor behavior, certain medical conditions, and very extensive dental treatment needs. The team at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry will discuss if oral sedation if right for your child.