If your child is nervous about coming to the dentist or has dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Dr. Alex at Kids Tooth Team may be just what you need to help them get the care they need. We offer gentle care for patients in Buda, Kyle, or Manchaca, so contact us to learn more about your child’s sedation options and schedule an appointment today.
Laughing gas is the most common method of sedation for kids. Your child will wear a nose mask, and breathe in a mixture of laughing gas and oxygen. They will feel “floaty,” and disconnected from what’s happening around them. This gas helps to minimize anxiety, fear, and discomfort, and also helps to minimize a child’s strong gag reflex.
Laughing gas rarely causes side effects which are minor if they do occur (minor headache, dizziness, or upset stomach). Your child will be given 100% oxygen at the end of the appointment to “flush” the laughing gas out of their system so that they can resume normal activities almost immediately after the appointment.
Oral sedation is a safe and effective technique that uses a liquid sedative that your child will take 15-30 minutes before their appointment once they are at the office. Dr. Alex has experience using many different types of oral sedation medicines and will tailor the sedation medicine to your child and their needs. After it takes effect, they will feel groggy and sleepy. They may fall asleep during their treatment, and it is normal for them to not remember most of the appointment or being at the dentist’s office. However, they still can be woken up and are responsive to commands.
Your child cannot eat or drink anything after midnight the night before this type of sedation, and they may not go to school or any activities before or after this appointment. A parent or legal guardian must bring the child to the appointment and must remain home with the child for the day to closely monitor them. It takes a few hours for oral conscious sedation to wear off and may cause side effects like confusion, nausea, drowsiness, and a headache.
Intranasal sedation uses a sedative medication that is sprayed into your child’s nose using a specialized sprayer. This is a good option if your child isn’t able to take an oral sedation medication or for certain quick procedures.
The sedative usually takes effect within 5-15 minutes, and it produces a deeper level of sedation. Your child may feel groggy or even fall asleep. Your child cannot eat or drink anything after midnight the night before this type of sedation, and they may not go to school or any activities before or after this appointment. A parent or legal guardian must bring the child to the appointment and must remain home with the child for the day to closely monitor them.