Dental Sedation for Kids

Visiting the dentist is a chore for kids. Surely, they would dread even the mention of the word “dentist”. However, it can’t be avoided because kids need to have their mouths and teeth checked from time to time.

Going to the dentist is already a difficult task. How much more if the dentist will tell you that hat your child should be given anesthesia or sedation? How will you handle this situation?

Of course, dental sedation will be given to help your kids feel relaxed while the dentist will perform the needed dental work. As a parent, it is normal to feel worried for your kids. You can ask the dentist some questions before you subject your kids to any form of dental sedation. Read them below:

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Before the dental procedure:

·       Who will assess my child before the procedure? Who will I talk to in terms of the child’s medical history?

·       Should my child fast before to the procedure? For how long will he go on without food and drinks?

·       Should I give my child any medication before going to the dental clinic? If so, how would I know if the meds are taking effect? What signs and symptoms should I look out for?

·       What training and experience does the person providing sedation or anesthesia for the procedure have?

·       Are the staff in your clinic trained for any emergency? Do they update their training regularly?

·       Lastly, do the dentists have all the needed medical licenses and permits required by the state dental board?

During the actual procedure:

·       Aside from obvious numbing, what else can my child expect from being sedated? What level of sedation will my child have? Is it on a minimal, moderate, or deep level?

·       What are the differences between the 3 levels of sedation? Will my child be unconscious?

·       How will the dentist monitor the condition of my child? When will he be allowed to go home?

·       Will there be any other medical personnel who will monitor my child's dental procedure?

·       Do the dental clinic have any emergency equipment ready in case of any emergency? Any emergency procedure for managing unforeseen emergencies?

After the dental procedure:

·       Will you provide detailed instructions if there are complications after returning home? Who will I contact if there are any emergency situations?

 

The American Dental Association urges you to talk with your dentist before undergoing any dental work. Also, talk to your children about the hazards of using sedative drugs for non-medical use. The ADA also encourages you to do your own research, and know the possible risks (and benefits) involved. Work together with your dentist so you can arrive at the best decision.

Take the necessary steps in achieving a healthy and shiny teeth. Never neglect your oral health or the oral health of your kids. Go to Advanced Dental and TMJ Center and you can finally have the smile that you have been dreaming of.

Advanced Dental and TMJ Center guarantees all their patients a personalized dental procedure. Dr. Adatrow at Advanced Dental and TMJ Center can provide sedation services to help ease dental anxiety. Be sure to them at (662) 655-4868 if you have any questions.