Dental Anxiety FAQs
Is sedation dentistry for children safe?
It absolutely is! Our Charlottesville dental anxiety dentists complete extensive training that allows them to safely administer conscious sedation in our office. Just like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks associated with treatment. Our doctors and staff will review these with you and discuss the associated risks and benefits to help you make an informed decision for your child.
Will my child always need sedation dentistry?
Depending on your child’s medical and dental needs, sedation dentistry might be required for some or all of your child’s appointments through age 10.
Unless medically necessary, we generally recommend that by the age of 10, most children undergo dental exams and minor procedures without the use of sedation dentistry for children. Still, we always want to help your child get the care they need. If your child (no matter their age) needs sedation to help them tolerate the dental treatment they need, we can help.
What do I need to do before and after my child’s appointment?
Your child’s dentist will provide a full list of pre-operative and post-care-operative instructions, which include:
- Discuss your child’s full medical history with the dentist prior to their sedation appointment
- Bringing a list of any medications your child is taking (prescription and non-prescription)
- Notify us of any acute change in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
- Avoiding food and drink before and immediately after your child’s appointment
- Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to assist in the application of patient monitors
- Watching for nausea, extreme drowsiness or other side effects after your child’s treatment