While we do our best to avoid it, children sometimes require lengthy dental care, or have special needs, and we will determine that sedation dentistry is the best choice. If a dental session will last an extended period, or your child has severe issues with anxiety, this may be the best choice.
All ages experience fear and anxiety, but young children, especially children below the age of 6, are particularly prone. We don’t approach the issue lightly, and we offer the most compassionate, careful, and attentive sedation dentistry.
An anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. This ensures your child will be unconscious during the entire procedure, awakening without memory of any part of the surgery. Sedation is fully safe, but we want to promote the most positive experience for you and your child. Therefore, be aware of the following:
Parents have a particular ability to comfort their children. Your fears and anxiety are easily seen by children. We know it can be difficult, but try to remain brave for your child and communicate strength. Interact during induction: talk to them, hold them, even bring a toy or blankie for them to hold.
Children will be afraid of the process. It is our job and yours to allay as much fear as possible, but if your child does react very negatively, please do not be alarmed. Understand if we ask you to leave the room at any point, we only do so out of full concern for your child’s safety. All of our focus and attention must be spent on your child.
This is a routine and perfectly safe procedure, but nonetheless, there are effects you will notice after anesthesia. Numbness of the lips, nose, and throat are common for the first 30 to 45 minutes, and a sore throat may last two days. Soreness at the surgery site is also likely. Some dizziness or vomiting is possible right after waking up. Monitor food and drink directly afterward. Give only soft foods for the first several hours after.
Keep your child out of daycare or school that same day. Minor effects, like lethargy, can persist for two days. Thus, two full days of recovery should be anticipated.
Even if this is a routine and simple process, it is certainly frightening for children and even parents. That’s why you should insist on the best care. When it comes to care, we insist on the very best, which is why we:
Don’t entrust sensitive pediatric care to anyone but the best. We draw on 10 years of applied dental excellence to provide your whole family with oral surgery, endodontics, pediatric, and general dentistry.
Kids First Dental is your partner in achieving optimum oral health. Providing excellent service to clients of all ages and treating you like family is our passion. Prevention is best, so make an appointment soon to keep your oral health at its best!