Conscious Sedation For Child Dentistry - All You Need To Know
Pediatric patients differ from regular adult patients when it comes to dental treatments. Some dental treatments require a child to lay still. This could sometimes lead to non-cooperation or problems either because the child is new to it or because the procedure may seem uncomfortable and overwhelming. In such cases, sedation is required to help increase the cooperation of children and also to ensure the treatment is carried out smoothly.
Conscious sedation (also known as minimal sedation) is one of the many techniques used by pediatric dentists to carry out dental treatments in both cooperative and non-cooperative children. Depending on the behavior of the child, oral sedatives are safely used to provide a successful and pain-free treatment.
Is conscious sedation safe for kids?
- The safety of patients is our first priority at The Dome MedDental Clinic. The equipment used at our clinic is state-of-the-art and internationally recognized as some of the safest ones available in the market, including several levels of safety.
- Additionally, when providing oral sedation for kids, the guidelines require that there always be at least 2 people in the room. They will be well trained to provide life support measures in case of any medical problems. One of these will be the pediatric dentist while the other will be a physician anesthesiologist, a certified registered nurse or a second oral surgeon.
- We also implement deep sedation for kids when required, all the time ensuring the child is monitored throughout the treatment.
- General anesthesia can only be performed using our well-known partner hospital and their physician anesthesiologist, while our oral surgeon and nurses help ensure the best and safest dental treatments, which can also be done under local anesthesia at our clinic.
- Nitrous Oxide (also known as Conscious Sedation)
- Mild Sedation
This is usually a combination of medications used in slightly older children. The patient will be awake, calm, and will be able to do what their dentist suggests. Post the treatment, it is possible that the child may not remember a lot of it. Child dentists and oral surgeons can safely provide these medications as the child remains awake throughout the procedure.
- Moderate Sedation
- Deep Sedation
- General Anesthesia