The type of sedation a child might need depends on several factors, such as the child’s age, ability to tolerate a procedure, medical history, severe gag reflex and the extent of tooth decay.
You needn’t be afraid of sedation or general anesthesia for your child, but you should ask questions, said Dr.
• Is the procedure in an office or hospital setting?
For kids who need a lot of work done, sedation can help them be more comfortable and hold still longer. Many parents intend to finish a treatment plan but are unable to make every appointment.
Children with non-dental medical conditions frequently can be safely and effectively treated using sedation medications.
It is crucial, however, to alert your dentist in advance to either health or mental conditions that might impact treatment, and to provide the dentist with a full list of all medications you're giving your child."The phobia that many adults have today regarding dental treatment is often the result of poor dental experiences when they were children.
Raj Vij, administrative director of pediatric dentistry at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Around the country in recent years, troubling cases have come to light where children were harmed or died after being sedated for dental procedures. Vij emphasized that sedation is very safe, provided safety and monitoring guidelines are followed.