Since many of their patients are quite young, pediatric dentists frequently handle children who may not be comfortable with certain dental procedures. Because of this, pediatric dentists may rely on sedation dentistry when providing dental treatment for patients.
If you have concerns about how your child may respond to their treatment with a pediatric dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry for their next visit.
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using medication to relax patients while undergoing dental procedures. Although it may also be referred to as “sleep dentistry,” there are many kinds of sedation that do not involve “going under.” Let’s take a look.
Dentists make use of the following types of sedation:
Sedation dentistry is regulated by the American Dental Association (ADA). The state board of dentistry determines the license, but the minimum guidelines are set at the federal level by the ADA.
Sedation is safe for the vast majority of patients. However, no form of medication is perfectly safe for everyone. There are some potential side effects patients may face:
Absolutely! Dentists are trained to provide only the dosage that will relax your child while keeping side effects to a minimum. In most cases, nitrous oxide (the gentlest of all sedation techniques) is enough to relax the child enough for a successful procedure.
Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics does pediatric dentistry and pediatric orthodontics in two locations near Atlanta. We also provide services to teenagers, including sedation dentistry. Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for your child.
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