Sedation Dentistry

It’s normal for you to suffer when your child is in pain. Sometimes, just the thought of putting kids through a painful dental procedure is overwhelming. That’s why pediatric sedation dentistry is such an ideal option. Your expert child dentist at Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry — in Woodbridge, NJ, Harlem, NY and the Lower East Side of Manhattan — relies on sedation dentistry in the form of nitrous oxide conscious sedation, laughing gas for kids and IV sedation to relax and make your child comfortable for the treatment needed. Call the best pediatric dental team in New Jersey and New York City today for an appointment.

What Is Pediatric Sedation Dentistry?

For anxious or fearful children, those with special needs,  ones in urgent care, or children having lengthy or multiple procedures, pediatric sedation dentistry offers a safe drug therapy. It enables dentists to perform procedures such as filling cavities or extracting teeth with the least possible discomfort. Minimal conscious sedation is the most common, which allows your child to breathe naturally and respond normally to physical stimuli and verbal commands.

At Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry specially trained, highly qualified pediatric dentists and staff conduct a pre-sedation physical and dental evaluation to assess your child’s needs and align their findings with the length and invasiveness of the dental procedure. For your child to feel more comfortable and relaxed during a dental procedure, your pediatric dentist may use oral pediatric sedation, laughing gas for kids or IV sedation.

How Do I Prepare My Child for Sedation?

To ensure your young one’s dental experience has the best possible outcome, start preparations well in advance. Be proactive about telling your child what to expect. If this is the first time experiencing a dental procedure like this one, calmly and matter-of-factly explain in simple terms what the dentist will do.

Have your children practice keeping their mouth open wide for a few minutes at a time. For nitrous oxide conscious sedation, have them try breathing through their nose while having a scarf or child-sized face mask covering their nose. Check with your Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry professional for other specific tips about what you can do at home, noting the timing of meals and beverages before the procedure. In general, a few things you can do to encourage a good experience include:

  • Assuring your child has plenty of rest the night before
  • Following instructions carefully about food and liquid intake before the procedure
  • Having a calm and relaxing day before coming to the office
  • Dressing your child in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
  • Bringing a favorite toy or comfort item
  • Remaining calm yourself

What Happens When My Child Gets Drowsy?

As a parent, it’s normal if you experience discomfort watching your child being given sedation. Be mindful that your child can sense your concern, so remain as calm and reassuring as you can by touching your child’s arm or leg, and even whispering comforting words. During the procedure, you may be asked to wait in the waiting room.

Remember that the medication doesn’t control pain or discomfort. Rather, the drugs used in sedation dentistry make your child relaxed. Being in this state helps the dentist administer the anesthetic used for numbing the area in the mouth to be worked on and ease anxiety or restlessness during the procedure. Also note that:

  • Sedation medication may be given by mouth in pill or liquid form, through the nose as a gas or in an intravenous line.
  • The medicine works either via a single dose that lasts for the whole procedure or in a continuous dose all through the treatment.
  • Your child’s respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen level and heart rate are monitored closely.

What Happens After Sedation?

After pediatric sedation dentistry, your child may feel groggy, experience nausea, lose some physical coordination or even have the giggles. The effects are short-lived and pass within a day. Watch for any sign of gums excessively bleeding, overt nausea or vomiting, severe pain or high fever. Contact your dentist immediately if your child experiences any of these symptoms.

Be mindful that rest and special care are called for after the procedure. Your kid may require constant adult supervision, so it’s advisable to have your child stay home from school for the rest of the day to recuperate. Your dental team advise you to:

  • Monitor your child after the procedure
  • Offer lukewarm or room temperature soft foods to avoid oral discomfort
  • Provide creamed soups, pureed vegetables and smoothies that are easy on the mouth
  • Encourage drinking lots of water to flush out the system and keep hydrated
  • Help with swelling by using a soft ice pack wrapped in a towel or soft cloth

Why Should I Trust Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry for My Child’s Sedation Dentistry?

The clinicians and dentists at Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry have the extensive experience, advanced training and dental certifications required to provide safe and effective pediatric sedation dentistry for your child. Their dentists are current with continuing education courses and use state-of-the-art dental equipment in their practice.

Receiving the very best dental care for your child is necessary to their health and well-being, as well as their appearance. Trust only the most qualified pediatric dentist you can find. Contact Tiny Smiles Pediatric Dentistry — in Woodbridge, New Jersey and in Manhattan, New York — to put your mind at ease about what’s needed for your child to receive the best possible care.

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