Few people find it easy to sit still at the dentists for extended periods, and children are no different. It’s a challenge as a parent to schedule multiple appointments around work, school, childcare, and activities.For kids who need a lot of work done, sedation can help them be more comfortable and hold still longer. Many parents intend to finish a treatment plan but are unable to make every appointment.Sedation dentistry allows dentists to accomplish more during each office visit, reducing the number of total visits a child requires – which often means parents miss less work as well.As important, if not more important, sedation dentistry relieves children of much of their anxiety – meaning they won't develop a lifelong phobia of visiting the dentist.• Is the procedure in an office or hospital setting?If it’s in an office, is it equipped to handle an emergency?Children with non-dental medical conditions frequently can be safely and effectively treated using sedation medications.
You needn’t be afraid of sedation or general anesthesia for your child, but you should ask questions, said Dr.In recent years, sedation techniques have greatly improved and risks have gone down significantly, Dr. If your child needs to be sedated, he recommends you consider the following: • Is the dentist certified in pediatric dentistry?If your child has an issue that requires deep sedation or general anesthesia, a dentist with advanced training in pediatrics is recommended. If a child needs deep sedation or anesthesia, a professional trained in pediatric anesthesiology is recommended.“We want to avoid using sedation if at all possible,” Dr. “We stress the importance of prevention, starting a child with a dentist early, by age 1.As a parent, you know that your child is in a constant state of change as they approach adulthood.