Sedation is a technique to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Medications are used to help increase cooperation and to reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures. Sedative medications cause most children to become relaxed and drowsy. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive.
Sedation may be necessary for children who have a high level of anxiety, those who are very young and do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion or those requiring extensive dental treatments. Sedation can also be helpful for some patients who have special needs.
The pediatric dentists at Kids Tooth Doc are specially trained to safely and effectively use sedation medicine. Your pediatric dentist will discuss sedation options for the safety and comfort of your child.