Sedation dentistry for young children is commonly used when a child suffers from high levels of stress when visiting the dentist’s office. Dentists use sedation dentistry to help young patients relax during their appointment, so that they can have a more comfortable and effective treatment experience. In addition, dentists use sedation dentistry for procedures that could cause pain or discomfort, including fillings, crowns, extractions, and root canals.
According to WebMD, approximately nine to 20% of Americans don’t visit the dentist regularly because they suffer from dental fear or anxiety. Parents who fear the dentist and avoid necessary treatment are more likely to pass this fear on to their children. Sedation dentistry is one way for parents to help alleviate the anxiety that their children may have developed towards visiting the dentist’s office. By reducing anxiety through sedation, dentists can help encourage children to regularly visit the dentist for the rest of their lives.
Dentists can use either nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help relax and alleviate pain in young patients during their dental appointments. Children inhale nitrous oxide gas through a flavored nasal mask during their appointment and remain conscious and able to talk to their dentist throughout the procedure. Oral sedation is primarily used to alleviate anxiety or discomfort, and pediatric dentists closely monitor the levels of oral medication in children to ensure that it is safe and effective.
Whether a child is in need of significant dental work or requires a regular checkup, pediatric dentists can help make the experience comfortable through sedation dentistry. Before administering nitrous oxide or oral sedation, dentists will discuss this treatment with the parents and explain which method of sedation is most suitable for their child’s needs.
To learn more about pediatric sedation dentistry, contact Park View Pediatric Dentistry at (646) 402-6578. We are one of Manhattan’s first dental practices dedicated solely to caring for children. Whether you call Manhattan home or you’re just visiting, you can schedule an appointment at our pediatric dental office.