In her pediatric dental practice, Dr. Wilson uses both non-pharmacological and pharmacological behavior guidance techniques. The various techniques used are tailored to the individual child. This approach is designed to promote a positive dental attitude and at the same time deliver safe, quality care for your child.
Upon assessing the specific needs of your child, Dr. Wilson will determine the communication and support methods that best optimize your child's care.
Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for young children and patients with special needs. "Pre-cooperative" patients, patients with complex dental problems and those with anxiety may benefit from receiving their treatment with the aid of sedative medications.
The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Inhalation Sedation
In the dental office, Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (Laughing gas) are used to help the patient achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Through this type of sedation, a patient will experience deep relaxation while remaining conscious. Dr Wilson selects appropriate medications after considering the patientís treatment needs, age, and weight. Medications with the highest margin of safety are routinely used. Children are usually given a liquid medication and are able to speak and respond to requests during the dental visit.
Common questions about sedation
Is sedation on children safe?
Sedation is safe when administered by a trained pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Wilson will discuss sedation options and patient monitoring for the protection of your child.
Does nitrous oxide sedation always work?
Every child is different. We recommended what we think will work best for your child. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or refusal to wearing a nasal mask. If a certain type of sedation fails, we can offer other methods that might work for your child.
What if conscious sedation fails?
If your child does not respond well to conscious sedation, he or she will likely require dental treatment under general anesthesia. This treatment is provided in a hospital setting.
What are the common side effects of conscious sedation?
Common side effects may include nausea and dizziness. Some children may become more emotional after the sedation because their inhibitions are repressed. All side effects will fully subside after when the sedative is worn off. Giving the child clear liquids such as, juice, soda pop, jell-o, and popsicles will promote the return to normal. This typically requires 3 to 4 hours.