Preparing for your child's appointment:
Is sedation safe?
Oral Conscious Sedationis a technique used to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Oral medications are administered to the child prior to the appointment to help increase cooperation, reduce anxiety, and decrease discomfort associated with dental procedures. The appropriate medication and dosage will be determined based on your child’s age, weight, cooperativity level, and developmental status. Sedative medications cause most children to become relaxed and drowsy. Unlike general anesthesia or IV sedation, oral sedation is not intended to make the patient unconscious or unresponsive.
Sedation can be used safely and effectively when administered by a pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your pediatric dentist will discuss sedation options and patient monitoring for the safety and comfort of your child.
Why use sedation?
Oral Conscious Sedation
What are the medications used?
Who is a candidate for sedation?
Sedation is used for a child’s safety and comfort during dental treatment. It helps a child cope better with dental procedures and helps prevent injury from uncontrollable/undesirable movements. Sedation promotes a better environment for providing dental care.
After care for appointment utilizing conscious sedation:
Various medications can be used to sedate a child. Demerol, valium, versed, and vistaril are some of the most common medications used in pediatric dental conscious sedations. Medications and dosages will be selected based upon your child’s overall health, age, weight, cooperativity level, developmental status, level of anxiety, and dental treatment proposed.
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