About Pediatric Dental Sedation
Your child’s mental health and dental health are both important to us and that’s why pediatric dental sedation is often the very best option to ensure a stress-free dental visit for your child.
At Simcoe Kids Dental we understand that a visit to the dentist is more often than not still seen as stressful. This can be compounded by the fear of the unknown when you throw longer, more intricate dental procedures into the mix.
Our kid’s dental clinic has perfected an approach to pediatric dentistry that focuses on your child’s comfort, safety, and happiness.
The clinic’s caring pediatric dental team will carefully explain each sedation option available to you, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and help you choose the most appropriate oral sedation method. In doing so, we consider both the dental procedure required and your child’s comfort level and personality, as well as previous dental experiences.
See also, this Sedation Standard of Practice article for more information.
Is Pediatric Dental Sedation Safe?
Absolutely. Oral sedation in pediatric dentistry is a well-established, trusted practice which has been proven to be a safe option for children, particularly any child that exhibits anxiety about dental visits. Oral sedation is also sometimes essential to the success of certain pediatric dentistry procedures that are more complicated, invasive, or lengthy. More than being completely safe and helpful in managing pain during dental work, oral sedation can greatly reduce stress levels and any associated risk during and after dental treatment.
What Types Of Pediatric Dental Sedation Are Available?
There are a number of trusted, effective, safe oral sedation pediatric dentistry options available to you. Our expert pediatric dental team will outline those options best suited to your child’s procedure, taking into account your child’s age, the type of dental procedure, their personality, as well as any concerns you may have. Various types of dental sedation which may be presented as suitable include:
A simple and minimally invasive pediatric sedation method, oral sedation is administered through the mouth or nose and typically begins working within 20 minutes. With this type, your child stays awake, but calm and relaxed, for the entire dental appointment. This is usually a better option for older children or when dental procedures require your child to follow simple instructions to aid in the procedure.
Laughing Gas Sedation
Given the common name of ‘laughing gas sedation,’ it should come as no surprise that this is a great way to keep your child calm and relaxed during a dental appointment and eligible procedures! With this method, a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is delivered via a tube into a nasal hood that is placed over your child’s nose. All your child needs to do is breathe normally and, voilà, let the giggles begin! More scientifically speaking, nitrous oxide, which begins working anywhere between 20 seconds and five minutes, helps suppress physical sensations (touch, hearing, pain) and sometimes emotional sensations (such as memory), while producing feelings of euphoria. Proven to be both safe and effective, at Simcoe Kids Dental we have mastered the art of accurately administering the correct ratio of nitrous oxide to oxygen throughout the procedure, adjusting levels as we see fit for maximum safety and effect. Post-procedure, we administer pure oxygen via the same tube to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.
Children’s Sleep Dentistry
There are times, for particularly invasive, demanding, noisy, and/or long procedures, where we will recommend full pediatric sleep sedation. However, this need not be a big deal: indeed, at Simcoe Kids Dental it doesn’t even mean a trip to a hospital or another facility. We have a fully trained staff, including a medical anesthesiologist, ready and waiting in our in-house surgical suite and complimentary recovery room. You can learn more about our children’s sleep dentistry services here, but suffice to say that for certain procedures this is the optimal sedation method to help maximize comfort, limit stress and trauma, and ensure a safe and successful dental procedure.
The Simcoe Kids Dental Difference
At Simcoe Kids Dental, our primary concern is the health of your kid’s teeth and their happiness! This is why we will do everything in our power, including utilizing the best possible oral sedation method for each individual, and their unique situation, to make sure your child’s visit to the dentist, even for more involved, significant procedures, is a positive one.
Not only do we offer a state-of-the-art clinic, complete with a dedicated, in-house pediatric surgical suite, recovery room, and expert staff, we offer peace of mind, a safe environment, and an experience that is as relaxing and calm as possible. For your child, and for you! To this end, we also offer extensive help preparing both you and your child for their procedure and any sedation which may be used by answering all and any question you both may have.
And remember, you don’t need a referral for oral sedation pediatric dentistry at Simcoe Kids Dental! You can contact Dr. Noah and his team directly to talk about pediatric sedation dentistry to ensure your child’s next visit to a dentist is a good one!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you eat before dental sedation?
No. Avoid eating solid foods for at least 8 hours before dental sedation. Drinking clear fluids is okay but not less than 2 hours before the sedation appointment.
What does dental sedation feel like?
Sensations may vary but most dental sedation patients report feeling sleepy, calm, and relaxed, and needing a little time to recover following the procedure.
How does dental sedation work?
Dental sedation helps the patient to relax, reducing anxiety, numbing the pain, and suppressing the gag reflex.
How long does dental sedation last?
Dental sedation can last up to 2 hours while recovery may take up to 6 hours or more depending on the type and amount of sedation required to meet the patient’s needs.
Is pediatric dental sedation safe?
Yes, the use of pediatric dental sedation is quite common and is administered by a highly qualified sedation dentist.