Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro
Pediatric Dental Sedation in Greensboro
Sedation, in the dental office, or general anesthesia in the operating room, are sometimes needed for children to get the dental care they need. One of the best reasons to choose a pediatric dental practice for your child is that we are equipped to handle more complex issues if they arise.
Nearly 75 times each year, Dr. Mike and our anesthesiologist complete all of a child’s dental treatment in the operating room while the child is under general anesthesia, or asleep. We only recommend a child be put to sleep for a procedure when absolutely necessary.
When making a routine trip to the dentist, no parent wants to discover that their child has five cavities. In complex cases like multiple fillings, restorative work like dental crowns, or restoration after dental injury, sedation may be the best course for the following reasons:
Due to safety concerns, there are limits to how much dental treatment can be provided in one office visit. A family dentist in this situation may ask the child to come back two or three times in order to complete the work. Using sedation, we are able to complete the work in one visit to the operating room.
Adults who fear the dentist often had a bad experience at the dentist as a child. Sedating a child has a much better outcome in terms of less stress and less awareness of the procedure itself. Our main goal is to not just keep our pediatric patients in great oral health now, but to set them up for a lifetime of proper oral care.
Less responsibility on the child
We understand it is not easy for children to sit still! With sedation, even wiggly toddlers can have severe dental issues treated without the impossible task of sitting very still for a long time.
Considering your child’s age, disposition, and the issue you are treating, we offer several options for pediatric sedation dentistry:
Oral conscious sedation
Your child drinks a cherry flavored syrup that makes them feel a little woozy and calm. Especially for younger or nervous children, oral sedation is a great first step and may also be paired with nitrous oxide (what most people call laughing gas).
Nitrous oxide sedation
Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide gas is inhaled to make your child feel relaxed and at ease. The gas offers very mild sedation that wears off within minutes once removed.
For more complex procedures, our anesthesiologists can administer and monitor medication through an IV that helps your child sleep through their operating room procedure. It allows us to work efficiently without compromising your child’s care or safety.
Our pediatric dentists will work closely with you to determine which choice best fits your child’s needs.
Sedating your child for dentistry can protect their developing mind and ensure a safe experience for all. For more information on sedation dentistry and how it may benefit your child, we invite you to contact our Lake Jeanette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry team.