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Different Kinds Of Sedation Available In Pediatric Dentistry

Visiting dentists and some dental procedures can cause fear in children. This is usually due to nervousness about the unknown. Going to a kid-friendly, enjoyable pediatric dentist office like Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry can help youngsters relax. Dental fear in children tends to fade once they've been accustomed to the dentist's office.

Sedation dentistry is a solution for children who have a severe dental fear, those who are very young and require considerable dental work, or those with special needs who would struggle with dental operations. Sedation can help children relax and feel at ease throughout their treatment, allowing them to get the care they require safely. They may not even remember the treatment, depending on the type of dental sedation used, which can help children avoid developing dental anxiety.

Here at Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we make sure to educate people about pediatric dental care along with providing good quality oral treatments. Keeping this in mind, our dentists have come up with a blog that will discuss the types of sedation available in kid’s dentistry.

Types Of Sedation Dentistry For Children


Sedation dentistry is divided into several categories, ranging from moderate sedation such as nitrous oxide or laughing gas through full anesthesia. Sedation options for children include:

  • Nitrous Oxide - Nitrous gas sedation is gentle, harmless, and doesn't keep patients awake. It also wears off quickly. Generally, a mas is used to give a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen to the youngsters. They will feel comfortable, tranquil, euphoric, and a little foolish after breathing it in for a few minutes. When children are given laughing gas, they are awake and able to respond to orders. Laughing gas not only relieves tension but also relieves pain. When the process is finished, the kid will breathe pure oxygen, and the nitrous oxide effects will wear off in a few minutes.

  • Oral Conscious Sedation - The pediatric dentist prescribes an oral sedative for children which will provide mild to moderate sedation depending on the type of drug and dosage. During the procedure, children will be awake, though they may fall asleep, and will be able to move and respond to orders. There have been some questions raised concerning the safety of oral conscious sedation for children, and while we do not provide it at our practice, it is available at some dental practices.

  • General Anesthesia - When treatment cannot be performed safely while the kid is awake and laughing gas is ineffective, general anesthesia may be utilized. The kid will be monitored throughout the treatment and anesthesia will be provided under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist. A child will be in a deep sleep while under a general anesthetic. They won't be able to feel or remember anything about the surgery.
    We hope that you now know the different kinds of sedation that a child can opt for. In case of any further questions, get in touch with us. Also, if you are looking for the best pediatric dental services in Tinley Park, IL, and nearby, book an appointment.