Is Dental Sedation Safe for Children?

Boy in the dental chair with a mask for nitrous oxide dental sedation.

Dental sedation is a common technique for patients who feel anxious or nervous in the dental chair. This feeling, often referred to as dental anxiety, is especially common among children. Our practice offers a wide range of dental services for children to achieve and maintain great oral health, some of which can be assisted by dental sedation.

Sedation Dentistry

Visiting the dentist can trigger anxiety or stress in any patient. To help patients, even children, cope with their anxiety, sedation dentistry can make the treatment and visit more comfortable. There are several types of sedation, including:

  • Oral conscious sedation

  • Nitrous oxide

  • IV sedation

Springs Village Dentistry offers oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) Nitrous oxide is the most common type of dental sedation and is considered one of the safest kinds of sedation in children’s dentistry.

Preparing Your Child for Dental Sedation

Preparing your child for any type of dental sedation will ensure they have the safest and best possible experience. While our Springs Village Dentistry team will provide you with detailed information for preparing your child, typically, you should:

  • Avoid giving your child solid foods

  • Dress your child in comfortable clothing

  • Provide your child’s current health information

Dental Sedation Aftercare

After sedation, especially nitrous oxide, your child may feel perfectly normal. However, sometimes children feel confused, nauseous, or emotional. These side effects are normal, and your child will need time to rest and recover. Once your child returns home, we encourage you to:

  • Monitor your child after treatment

  • Feed your child soft foods

  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of water

Dental Sedation in Holly Springs, NC

Dental sedation, especially nitrous oxide, is safe for children. We offer dental sedation to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed. If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry to see if you or your child is a candidate, contact us today!

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