At Kinder Pediatric Dental, we understand that some children may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. That’s why we offer dental sedation to help make your child’s experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to help your child relax during their dental appointment. We offer several types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general anesthesia. Your child’s dentist will recommend the best type of sedation based on your child’s age, health, and level of anxiety.
Call our Bakersfield, CA office today to inquire about sedation for your child’s next dental appointment.
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation involves the use of medication to help a patient relax during dental procedures. This can be beneficial to children who are feeling anxious about visiting the dentist or who have a difficult time sitting still during dental appointments. It can also be helpful for children with special needs who may have a hard time cooperating with dental treatment.
Dental sedation can be used for a variety of dental procedures—including cleanings, fillings, extractions, and more. The type of sedation your child receives can be discussed before the appointment to ensure that it is the best option for your child’s particular needs.
Types of Dental Sedation
Several types of dental sedation can be used for children, each with its benefits and advantages. At our office, we offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered through a small mask placed over your child’s nose. Upon inhaling the sedative, the medication quickly enters the bloodstream and begins producing its effects in minutes. Nitrous oxide may cause your child to feel giggly and lightheaded, but they will still be awake and able to communicate with our team. The effects of nitrous oxide typically wear off soon after the mask is removed, meaning children can return to regular activities following the appointment.
Oral sedation is a pill that is taken orally before the dental appointment. The medication can take up to an hour to take effect, so we recommend that you, or another adult, drive your child to and from the appointment. Oral sedation will make your child drowsy, and they may even fall asleep during the appointment. However, they can still be woken up and able to respond to commands and follow simple directions if needed. The effects of oral sedation can last up to six hours, so it is important to have someone stay with your child after the appointment until the medication has completely worn off.
General anesthesia is a strong sedative that is typically used for more invasive dental procedures or surgeries. The medication puts your child into a deep sleep during the dental procedure, and they will not be able to respond to commands or feel any physical sensations. General anesthesia is administered through an IV, which will be placed in your child’s arm before the procedure begins. A dentist, anesthesiologist, and nurse will be with your child throughout the entire procedure to closely monitor their vitals and ensure their comfort and safety.