Pediatric Sedation Dentistry (Sleep Dentistry) in Sacramento, CA
At Bubbles Dentistry, we promise a safe, professional, and comfortable experience for your child every time. If you have a child with high levels of fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, sedation dentistry may be an option for them. Contact us today for more information about this service or schedule an appointment – we’re happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. You can also visit our clinic located at 6030 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822.
Table of Contents:
What is sedation dentistry?
Who needs sedation dentistry?
What types of sedation are used in dentistry?
How safe is sedation dentistry for children?
If you’re not alone, even the thought of sitting in the dental chair leaves you feeling jittery and anxious. Many people have intense dental fear which can make visiting the dentist an incredibly challenging and upsetting experience. For those suffering from this kind of dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may offer a great deal of relief. Sedation dentistry is safe for people of all ages and is an effective way of helping patients get the dental care they need without high levels of stress.
Sedation dentistry is a procedure that can be safely and routinely used to help those with dental anxiety feel calm during dental procedures. A low-to-moderate level of sedation is typically used, which allows for the patient to remain conscious but more relaxed as they undergo dental care.
This process is also sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep” as it creates a state of short-term forgetfulness where the patient experiences insensitivity to pain without losing consciousness. It is a great option for those who experience high levels of anxiety and/or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist.
Sleep dentistry is often recommended to those who experience emotional discomfort when going in for dental work. It is often an option for those who have:
• Dental fear and/or anxiety
• A sensitive gag reflex
• A fear of needles
• Extremely sensitive teeth
• Feelings of claustrophobia while in the dental chair and/or office
• A low level of sensitivity to local anesthesia
• Difficulty controlling their movements
• Special needs (including physical, cognitive, psychological, or behavioral)
People of all ages, including children, can benefit from sedation dentistry. However, people with certain medical conditions or sensitivities to anesthesia may not be eligible for this type of treatment. It’s always best to talk to your dental practitioner about whether sedation dentistry is an appropriate and safe option for you.
The sedative administered during sedation dentistry will vary depending on your unique needs. This includes your health history, level of anxiety, the length of your procedure, and your personal preferences.
The most common types of sedation used are:
• Nitrous oxide. Commonly known as “laughing gas”, this sedative is inhaled via a mask or nosepiece and is effective within 3-5 minutes of inhalation. Your dentist controls and adjusts the amount of sedation you receive accordingly throughout your procedure. Once your treatment is complete, they’ll give you pure oxygen to remove the nitrous oxide you’re your system. This happens quickly, meaning you’ll likely be able to drive after your appointment is finished.
• Oral conscious sedation. This is a sedative in pill form usually given to you an hour before your procedure is set to start. The most commonly used oral sedatives are triazolam, zaleplon, lorazepam, and midazolam oral syrup. This type of sedation makes you quite dazed and sleepy, however, you’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist easily or be awoken with a gentle nudge. This type of sedation affects your memory and motor skills, meaning you won’t be able to drive following the procedure.
• Intravenous (IV) sedation. This is the deepest form of conscious sedation available. Your dental provider delivers sedative medications directly to your bloodstream through an IV, monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during the course of the procedure. People who receive IV sedation usually have little to no memory of their treatment or may fall asleep completely during the procedure. This option if often recommended for those with a high-level dental phobia, extreme anxiety, or who are undergoing a long procedure.
Your dentist will thoroughly discuss your sedation options before the treatment process and will help guide you toward the one that is best suited for you.
Sedation dentistry is safe for people of all ages, including children. However, it may not be a suitable option for children who have certain pre-existing medical conditions or who have sensitivities to anesthesia.
It’s important to note that there may be some rare side effects to pediatric sedation dentistry. This can include your child feeling more irritable after the procedure, snoring (where none may have occurred before), fever, and/or upset stomach. These side effects are normal and should go away on their own after a day or two.
At Bubbles Dental, we offer sedation dentistry to ensure that every child’s oral health needs can be met safely and comfortably. Contact us today for more information about our services or book an appointment online – we’d be happy to look after your child’s teeth. You can also visit our clinic located at 6030 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822. We serve patients from Sacramento CA, Lemon Hill CA, Pocket CA, Meadowview CA, Greenhaven CA, Hollywood Park CA, and surrounding areas.
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