Sedation Dentistry in Whitby
It’s normal for children to feel nervous about a visit to the dentist. However, some children experience moderate to severe anxiety. It’s often difficult to pinpoint the cause of your child’s anxiety. Some children don’t like remaining still for long periods of time, some are intimidated by the equipment and noise, and some are simply uncomfortable with other people touching their mouths.
It’s very important for your child to receive dental care. Because anxiety can prevent them from receiving treatment, we need to help children cope with anxiety and teach them to manage it. We maintain a calm and welcoming environment to help children relax, and our team is experienced at helping children manage their anxiety.
We also provide several sedation options to help your child relax during their appointment with us. Our options range from mild to moderate sedation to general anesthesia. Dr. Evan can discuss the best course of action for your child.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a tried and true dental sedative that is popular for use with children. It’s safe, acts quickly, and wears off quickly after your child’s appointment. We administer nitrous oxide through a mask that covers your child’s nose. It will produce a moderate level of sedation to keep your child calm during treatment.
Oral sedatives produce a moderate level of sedation. We use it for children who are very anxious or for longer procedures. The sedative can be administered in liquid form mixed with a drink, or as tablets or capsules that your child swallows. Because the oral sedative can leave your child impaired they will need to go home and rest under supervision after their appointment.
We use general anesthesia for very anxious children or for long procedures. The anesthetic puts your child to sleep during their treatment. The anesthetic is provided by an anesthesiologist who has years of experience working with children. During your child’s treatment they will remain under supervision by the anesthesiologist and a nurse. Your child will need to return home for rest after their appointment but they should be able to return to school the next day.
If your child is suffering from anxiety about their visit to our office, call us to discuss sedative options.