The best part about oral sedation for dental treatment is that it comes with very few side effects.
Sedation dentistry is one of the best tools that a pediatric dentist has at their disposal. For kids who are very anxious and either don’t want to open their mouth or can’t sit still when required, oral sedation is an excellent and low-risk option. The best part about oral sedation is that it differs from IV and other forms of sedation because your child is conscious the entire time.
Sedation in a Pill
The pill form of oral sedation is an excellent way to stave off the anxiety that can come with a dental procedure when children are involved. Given before your youngster even makes it to the dental office, the sedative pill takes away all the pre-treatment jitters and requires no needles or any other painful devices.
Oral sedation requires that your child is given the medication prior to coming to the dental office. By the time they make it to their appointment, they are groggy enough that they don’t remember much even though they are still completely conscious. Not only does that help with their anxiety, but if you have a child who has excessive fears of needles and doctors, it can also lower your anxiety too because you will know that your child will be at ease.
Few Side Effects
The best part about oral sedation is that it comes with very few side effects. For some children, dizziness, headache, and sometimes nausea and mouth dryness are about as complex as symptoms get. As with any type of medication, an allergic reaction may occur but oral sedation is a nearly side-effect-free alternative to other forms of dental sedation methods.
Oral sedation usually lasts long enough to get through simple procedures. Once the medication wears off, your child will be ready to go home. The sedatives won’t interfere with their breathing once the effects have run their course, so you don’t need to worry about bringing them home or monitoring their airway when they are asleep.
Safe and Problem-Free
Even though oral sedation is, for most children, problem-free, your pediatric dentist will be trained to know what signs to look for to spot trouble. Being monitored throughout the procedure, your child will be closely watched for any signs of issues.
The most common medications that are used for children are Chloral Hydrate, Triclofos Sodium, and Midazolam. The medications are just enough to take the edge off and allow your little one to sleep but are not enough to cause any real concern.
There is no such thing as sedation that doesn’t come with some sort of side effect or risk, but oral sedation for kids is about as safe as it can be. With the exception of rare instances or allergic reactions, your child will make it through their procedure without incident, ready to go home without any negative recollection of their dental procedure.
Oral Sedation for Your Child
At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options, and choice of sedation dentists in Saint Louis.