Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?
Posted on 06/27/2018

Sedation dentistry is designed to make dental treatment as comfortable as possible for patients who suffer from anxiety at the dentist. Using the most advanced dental technology, sedation dentistry has made even some of the most complicated dental procedures completely pain-free for patients. However, with the use of different types of medications and drugs to achieve this pain-free experience, a common question that we get here at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart is if the process of sedation dentistry is safe for kids. 


To keep the answer short and simple, yes, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe for kids. In fact, it was designed for kids, since they are often the most likely to feel anxious or fearful of the dentist. With the help of sedation dentistry, we can give kids the comfort of knowing that their dental care will be completely pain-free. 


Your Child’s Safety & Comfort Always Comes First

Dr. Nancy Torres and our entire dental staff aim to create the safest treatment experience for your kids. To make sure you feel confident that your child’s care is in the best hands, we help your child feel calm and comfortable before their treatment, in addition to performing regular safety checks throughout their sedation treatment. We closely monitor your child’s blood oxygen level, blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate to ensure that there is never any risk or danger to your child’s health. 


How To Keep Kids Calm Before Sedation Treatment

The idea of sedation alone can be a little scary for kids, so before their treatment, we encourage parents to do their best at minimizing their child’s anxiety leading up to the appointment. To accomplish this, we recommend talking with your child about how the appointment will go, reminding them that there will be no pain at all and that it will be similar to taking a quick nap and waking up when the treatment is all over. Parents can even bring their kids to Dr. Torres or Dr. Sugar, who will happily explain how sedation treatment works, how it feels, and how they’ll be perfectly safe the entire time in order to help them stay calm leading up to their treatment. 


What To Expect After Your Kids Have Sedation Dentistry

Safety remains a primary focus even after your kids finish with their sedation dental care, since there are some after effects from the sedation. Common symptoms following treatment can include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, and reduced coordination, which is why we highly recommend that at least two adults accompany your child after the appointment to provide transportation and monitor the child’s breathing. For kids that undergo sedation treatment, returning to school after the appointment is not advised. 


Contact Us For More Sedation Dentistry Information!

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, the safety precautions we take for treating kids, or about how to schedule an appointment with us for sedation dental care for your children, just contact us at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, your trusted pediatric dental experts here in Stuart, FL. When it comes to providing your kids with the best in dental care, no one does it better than Dr. Torres, Dr. Sugar, and our team. We look forward to helping your kids maintain optimal oral health, so they can enjoy a future that’s full a flawless, brilliant smiles