Sedation Dentistry FAQ
Is sedation dentistry for children safe?
Yes! Our dentists complete extensive training that prepares them to safely administer conscious sedation in our office. Ask your dentist for more information about their education and qualifications.
Is sedation dentistry recommended for children affected by autism or other special needs?
As always, our dentists will make their recommendation based on your child’s unique situation. Conscious sedation may help children affected by autism receive dental care with reduced anxiety, however these patients often need a deeper level of sedation than conscious sedation can provide.
Will my child always need sedation dentistry?
Depending on your child’s medical and dental needs, sedation dentistry may be required for some or all of their treatments.
We strive to provide a relaxing, calming atmosphere to help children overcome their dental anxiety. 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.
That said, 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 a few hours before and 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
How long does conscious sedation last?
Your child will likely be drowsy for a few hours after their treatment. It is important that you do not leave them unassisted during this period. We will keep your child at the office for some time after their appointment to assure that they are alert and responsive and able to demonstrate the ability to protect their own airway.