Dental anxiety can affect anyone, but children are particularly susceptible. The newness of the dentist’s office combined with the possible discomfort of cleaning or restorations can make children very anxious. Sedation dentistry can help children overcome their fear of the dentist by making the experience comfortable and stress-free.
When is Sedation Dentistry a Good Choice?
Sedation dentistry is a very safe option to reduce anxiety during your time in the dental chair. It can also help your child feel more relaxed and calm, particularly if he or she is intimidated or even afraid of the dentist. Before you decide to use sedation for your child, be sure to check with your child’s doctor. In some cases, your child might have a pre-existing condition that would preclude using sedation.
In the absence of any pre-existing condition, sedation techniques like using nitrous oxide work very well with children. Sedation allows you or your child to remain conscious and aware, but very relaxed and comfortable even during restorations, extractions or even oral surgery.
What are the Advantages of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation allows your child to experience his time at the dentist or oral surgeon without discomfort or anxiety. In some cases, having a child sedation can make dental work or work done by an oral surgeon easier and even safer because the child is very relaxed and unlikely to make sudden movements or become frightened or upset during the procedure.
If a child has a great deal of dental work to be done—for example, a child suffering from extensive decay—sedation can allow the dentist or oral surgeon to take care of a large portion of the work in a single visit. Having everything done at once can save you time and money and can save your child stress and anxiety. If you have concerns about your child’s dental health or any dental work he might need to have done, please contact our team of oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for a consultation about sedation dentistry and how it can help.