Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help your child feel more relaxed and calm during their dental visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your child’s individual needs and preferences:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. Your child will simply inhale the gas during their treatment to help them feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.
- Oral sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before your child’s treatment. By the time of their appointment, they will feel calm and at ease.
- IV sedation, which involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). This type of sedation enables our dentists to provide the sedation more quickly, and we can also easily control the level of sedation to ensure that your child stays comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make your child unconscious, but they may feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during their treatment. They may also not remember all of the details of their visit.
If your child suffers from dental anxiety, if they have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past, or if they simply feel nervous about their treatment, sedation dentistry can help them feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex.
Our experienced dentists, Dr. Kisha Steele Mitchell and Dr. Dana E. Nelson, and our dental team will ensure that your child’s entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor your child during their visit to Dentistry For Kids. For more information on sedation dentistry in Huntersville, North Carolina, and to learn how it can make your child’s dental experience more pleasant, we welcome you to contact us at 704-948-8494 today.