Edgewood Sedation Center specializes in making young patients comfortable during complex dental treatment. Our team of pediatric dental specialists and our pediatric anesthesiologist provide oral conscious sedation (OCS) and intravenous sedation (IV sedation) services, and pride themselves in providing uncompromising levels of excellence in care to our patients and their families.
At Edgewood Sedation Center, we take the fear and anxiety out of your child’s dental treatment.
Most pediatric dentists have several sedation options available, and each one comes with its own benefits. The dentist will assess the medical history of the child, the expected duration of the procedure, and the child’s comfort level before recommending a method of sedation.
Sedation is used in several circumstances. Firstly, very young children are often unable keep still for long enough for pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely. Sedation makes the visit less stressful for both children and adults and vastly reduces the risk of injury. Secondly, some children struggle to manage anxiety during dental appointments. Sedation helps them to relax, cope, and feel happier about treatment. Thirdly, sedation is particularly useful for children with special needs. It prevents spontaneous movement and guides cooperative behavior.
Conscious sedation allows children to continually communicate, follow instructions, and cooperate during the entire procedure. The major methods of conscious sedation are described below:
The pediatric dentist may recommend nitrous oxide (more commonly known as “laughing gas”) for children who exhibit signs of nervousness or anxiety. Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen – meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Laughing gas relaxes children extremely quickly, and can produce happy, euphoric behavior. It is also quick acting, painless to deliver, and wears off within a matter of minutes. Nitrous oxide is delivered via a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose. Before removing the mask completely, the pediatric dentist delivers regular oxygen for several minutes, to ensure the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the child’s body. On rare occasions, nitrous oxide may cause nausea. For this reason, most pediatric dentists suggest minimal food intake prior to the appointment.
Children who are uncooperative, particularly anxious, or unable to control their muscles for prolonged periods, may be offered an oral sedative. Administered as an oral medication, oral sedation is simple and easy to use. Because oral sedation is a form of conscious sedation, your child will remain awake during their treatment, but they will feel more relaxed and at ease. If oral sedatives are to be used, the pediatric dentist may require parents to prepare the child before the appointment. Some common preparatory measures may include limiting food and fluid intake prior to the appointment, having the child wear comfortable clothing to the appointment, and preparing to stay with the child for several hours after the appointment. Oral sedatives rarely produce serious side effects – nausea is among the most common.
I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that do not work well under conscious sedation. Our dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist. IV sedation is only offered at our Lakeland-Edgewood Drive location.