Sedation Options For Anxious Children in Toronto
We offer sedation services for children at Treehouse Dental Care.
Why might my child need sedation?
Most young patients feel comfortable when visiting the dentist.
Early exposure to the dentist helps younger patients to associate the dental office with a feeling of relaxation.
Some patients however, may feel nervous before their visit or while sitting in the dental chair.
At Treehouse Dental Care, we offer a range of sedation options for children who need extra support when visiting the dentist.
Sedation Options for Your Kids
45% of adult patients claim to be severely scared of the dentist, 30% are moderately scared and 25% have mild anxiety. We understand that our patients may have varying levels of anxiety about coming to the dentist, so we offer the following sedation services:
- Nitrous oxide sedation (also known as laughing gas)
- Oral conscious sedation
- Intravenous sedation (IV sedation)
- General anesthesia
What is Nitrous Gas?
Nitrous gas is a sedative used to help patients relax during their dental visit, allowing the doctor to effectively treat them.
Nitrous gas is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Before the procedure, a fitted mask is placed over the patient's nose. As they breathe, the blend is absorbed through the lungs. At the end of the treatment, the nitrous gas is removed and has no lingering effects.
One of the side effects during treatment is a sense of contentment and relaxation. This is one of the reasons why nitrous gas is also known as “laughing gas”.
The use of nitrous gas is very safe, as it is rapidly absorbed, is reversible, and can be adjusted in concentration. The patient is fully conscious and keeps all of their natural reflexes while absorbing the nitrous gas.
What is Oral Sedation?
Another alternative for helping nervous patients relax at the dentist's office is the use of sedation.
This type of sedation tends to produce feelings of drowsiness and relaxation and is not meant to make the patient unconscious.
Oral sedation may also be recommended as it makes it easier for the dentist to provide treatment, along with preventing accidents that may result from uncontrolled movements in an anxious, uncooperative patient.
What is IV Sedation?
IV Sedation may be administered for patients with moderate to severe anxiety. This method is usually used for wisdom teeth or complicated extractions. It has been described as "twilight sleep" by some patients.
This procedure requires an intravenous injection. The patient will be groggy when he/she wakes up, so they may need extra help after the appointment.
What is General Anesthetic?
This is a deep level of sedation used for patients with extreme anxiety. It can be used for patients with strong gag reflexes and is good for young children and those who require extensive treatment. The patient will be in a state of unconsciousness during the procedure. It must be requested in advance of the appointment.
Please ask one of our dentists about appropriate sedation options for your child.