The professionals at Ridge Meadows Children’s Dentistry make every effort to ensure the comfort and safety of all our young patients. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry for children who suffer from dental anxiety. From routine tooth cleanings to fillings and other dental procedures, sedation can help children overcome their fear of the dentist. After discussing how each of the sedation procedures work with Dr. Anu Korada, parents are better able to decide on what works best for their child.
For starters, there are varying degrees of sedation. The one most people associate with sedation dentistry is general anesthesia. This is by far the most powerful form of sedation, which will render the patient unconscious. Moderate sedation techniques will allow them to remain partially conscious, although they will likely not remember most of the procedure. Lastly, minimal sedation will allow your child to relax in the dentist’s chair while retaining consciousness.
At Ridge Meadows Dental Practice we offer the following:
- Nitrous oxide, which helps children build coping skills for the future.
- Oral sedation, which helps children who are more anxious about dentistry.
- General Anesthetics – appointments are scheduled at an dedicated facility and an Anesthetist is present to perform the sedation; this is typically reserved for longer surgical appointments.
Another important distinction to make is the difference between general sedation and local anesthetic. Sedation doesn’t ease pain or discomfort, it merely helps kids relax during dental procedures. On the other hand, local anesthetic uses numbing medication to help relieve pain in a certain area but does not directly help your child relax.
If you have more questions about how sedation dentistry works, contact Ridge Meadows Children’s Dentistry for more information.
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