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Can children have dental sedation?

While it is common for everyone to experience feeling nervous at the dentist, this can be especially true for children. In order to help children feel more relaxed, our office offers dental sedation for your child. Here, our Victoria dentists discuss whether dental sedation is safe for children and what the different types are. 

You may be aware that your child is anxious at the dentist, or they may have unique requirements that necessitate some assistance in order for them to relax during events such as dental visits. One approach to helping your youngster relax is to use dental sedation. Our Victoria dentists are regularly asked about the safety of sedation in dental treatment for youngsters.

Competent and experienced dental professionals can safely administer sedation and anesthesia to children, ensuring they receive the necessary and critical dental healthcare they need.

Children often feel anxious when visiting the dentist, but dental sedation can help reduce their stress and make the experience more comfortable for them. Sedation is crucial in ensuring that children have positive dental experiences by reducing stress and anxiety levels.

The Different Types of Dental Sedation for Children

The three types of sedation that are commonly used for children are:

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, can help to calm young patients who are feeling anxious, nervous or frightened. Nitrous Oxide is delivered via a face mask, and will relax the patient and promote euphoric feelings, but will not make the patient unconscious or impair their reflexes. 

Oral sedation can take up to 20 minutes to take effect, so it's given to the patient when they first arrive for their dental appointment. Oral sedation will not make the patient unconscious, so they will remain awake and responsive but won't feel any pain.

General anesthesia may be recommended by our children's dentists for patients with high pain sensitivity, serious behavioural challenges, limited understanding and/or with special needs. Under general anesthesia, the patient becomes unconscious so that their reflexes are completely relaxed. Patients will have no memory of the procedure once they wake, and will not feel pain during the procedure.

While we do not offer general anesthesia at InHarmony Dental Care, your child's safety and comfort are still our priority and we want you to understand all types of sedation. Our team can answer any questions or concerns that you may have about how we can make your child feel relaxed.

If you have questions about dental sedation for children, or how our team can relax nervous children, contact our Victoria dental offices. 

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