FAST FACTS ABOUT SEDATION DENTISTRY
We specialize in providing sedation dentistry techniques to ease treatments on kids. This approach allows kids of all ages to be able to undergo dentistry procedures without the apprehension of sounds, noises or tool maneuvering within their mouth’s. Kids first go through an oral examination and then after that they are put under one of the following anesthesia procedures: nitrous oxide, conscious sedation or general anesthesia.
These types of procedures precondition kids to respond better to each treatment without any trauma.
NITROUS OXIDE (LAUGHING GAS)
Our specialists apply the nitrous oxide anesthesia type through a very fast method which has analgesic effects on very young kids. The main objective is to achieve a light sedation of the patient to reduce anxiety and stress during treatment. This is particularly very effective in very small agitated kids who just will not settle on the patient's chair.
CONSCIOUS SEDATION (ORAL SEDATION)
The oral sedation on the other hand is applied through a syringe by applying a needle underneath the oral mucosa. This anesthises the smaller branches of the mouth and is very useful for more complex oral treatments. The child becomes more relaxed and is still able to respond to parents or to the dentist, while also possibly feeling more sleepy.
GENERAL ANESTHESIA (SLEEP DENTISTRY)
In the general anesthesia the patient is brought to a total state of unconsciousness. In this situation kids will be sleeping and not be able to answer back in case spoken to. This type of treatment is more appropriate for kids that do not cooperate or cannot communicate. It may also be useful for kids with special needs. Just with any other type of surgical procedure parents must be aware that their kids will undergo risks when undergoing anesthesia. This general anesthesia is only applied by a certified and well trained group of medical anesthesiologists, and an RCDSO (Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario) approved dentist anaesthetist at our Beaches Pediatric Dentist.
POSSIBLE PATIENTS FOR PEDIATRIC DENTAL SEDATION:
Kids that have very demanding dental treatment requirements
Children that are very apprehensive
Kids with very strong gag reflexes
Kids with traumatic experiences
Kids that have problems with tools and smells associated to dentistry
Kids with special needs