We realize that one of the primary reasons you have chosen to bring your child to a pediatric dentist is that through our training we have learned to take care of most children without the use of sedatives.
In fact, roughly 95% of the children we see are treated with simply a gentle manner and, if needed, some local anesthesia for cavity filling appointments. Yet, there are certain situations when our patients need some help to cooperate, so that the appointment can be safe and comfortable for everyone. If it is deemed that your child will need sedation for treatment, the type of sedation chosen will be based on the type of dental procedure, the child’s past experiences, your preferences, and the doctor’s recommendation.
As Pediatric Dentists, we have been highly trained to safely utilize the various form of sedation available for use in the dental setting. When using sedation agents, we follow the strict guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. If the use of a sedative medication is indicated for your child, we will discuss the various options as well as the benefits and possible risks of each type of sedation agent.
Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have. You should feel free to openly discuss and fully participate in the discussion concerning the choice of anesthesia for your child. We want your child’s dental procedure to be as pleasant and comfortable as possible.