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.
Let’s take a look at the various types of sedation and anesthesia (other than “local” injections) used on children:
  • Nitrous Oxide (also known as Conscious Sedation)
Also known as ‘laughing gas’, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative. Children are usually asked to breathe this along with oxygen. They won’t go to sleep; however, most kids will feel relaxed and lightheaded. This is also the least invasive sedation method.
  • 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
With moderate sedation, children tend to be sleepier but are still able to do what their dentist suggests. This is an appropriate sedation method for older adults and more fearful children. They are able to breathe on their own and will wake up as the sedation wears off. Again, most patients will not remember the details of the procedure. This is a perfectly safe method for dentists to perform their dental work smoothly and without any pain.
  • Deep Sedation
Deep sedation involves the use of intravenous medication to help your child sleep during the procedure. While they may still move around and make noises, it won’t come in the way of the oral surgeon performing. Though the child may have difficulty breathing on their own, there is always a qualified anesthesiologist who will be continuously monitoring the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing during the procedure until they wake up.
  • General Anesthesia
Under this sedation method, the child will be completely asleep. They will also not feel any pain during the procedure. An anesthesiologist will administer the required medications and monitor the patient, while a pediatric dentist will perform the dental surgery. 
Conscious sedation is an extremely safe and convenient method when dealing with kids’ dental problems. However, ensure you consult with a qualified pediatric dentist for the same. At The Dome MedDental Clinic, you will find professionally trained dentists to help you out with yours and your children’s needs. Get in touch with us today at
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