Uh-oh! Your child has a cavity?
No worries, we offer a variety of treatment solutions to assist your child's experience in being positive, comfortable and successful! Learn more about the following options availble.
Based on the scale of the treatment and the child's behavior, the doctor may recommend using nitrous oxide to minimize fear and enhance communication between the doctor and patient. This option efficiently reduces mild pain and anxiety while causing a feeling of euphoria. In children, minimizing the amount of perceived pain and anxiety may expedite the delivery of dental procedures that are not particularly uncomfortable, but require that the patient stay still for the length of the appointment. Nitrous oxide is a safe alternative to managing children who have anxiety with little to no side effects.
Sedation is recommended for the less cooperative child who is unable to handle sitting through regular dental procedures due to fear or lack of mental maturity. Some patients with physical or mental disabilities may also be candidates for sedation.
The goals behind why the doctor may recommend sedation are to:
- Guard patient's safety
- Minimize physical discomfort
- Control Anxiety
- Minimize Psychological Trauma
- Allow Safe Completion of Procedure
Medications are administered by mouth at the time of the appointment. There are a variety of medications that can be prescribed for the procedure. The choice of drug is based off of the child's needs. At the time when the recommendation for oral conscious sedation is made we will review all instructions and will be happy to answer any questions about the procedure and medications.
Prior to the Sedation Appointment
If your child is scheduled for a sedation appointment, please follow these guidelines:
- Make sure the office is aware of your child's complete medical history, including any recent updates.
- If your child has a cold or fever, please reschedule the appointment. They need to be in healthy condition prior to the sedation.
- Your child must fast for 8 hours prior to the appointment to limit potential complications during the sedation procedure. Medication that your child normally takes should be given at least two hours prior to the appointment with just enough water to pass the medication down.
- Dress your child in comfortable light clothing on the day of the procedure. Please make sure children are not wearing jewelry and do not have ponytails or hair ties that will prevent the patient from resting their head comfortably on the head rest.
- After the child is medicated, it is important that parents closely supervise children so they do not lose their balance and fall. Parents must stay in the office until treatment is complete. We offer a comfortable recovery room for our patients.
Post Sedation / Recovery
After the appointment your child may still be drowsy. Following treatment we recommend that you continue to closely supervise your child for the next 24 hours. Patients may want to go to sleep when they get home. If they take a nap make sure they are positioned on their side in a safe area away from heavy blankets or large pillows.
It is important to keep the child hydrated, so encourage them to drink regularly after they arrive home. A soft bland diet is recommended. This includes no dairy products to limit potential nausea.
It may be normal for the patient to have nausea post treatment. If a patient vomits, position them on their side so they do not aspirate any stomach contents.
It may be normal for there to be some temporary oral discomfort following treatment. Most pain can be managed with children's Ibuprofen. Sometimes patients may complain of discomfort immediately after treatment which most of the time is the effect of local anesthetic used to numb the teeth. This tends to wear off in 1-2 hours post treatment.