Oral sedation is commonly used in dentistry to help children relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures. It involves the administration of medication in the form of a liquid, pill, or dissolvable tablet, which is taken orally by the child.
At Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we use oral sedation to help reduce anxiety and promote a calm state. Oral sedation is primarily used to help children who experience fear or anxiety or have difficulty cooperating during dental treatments. It can be used in various situations, including for minor procedures like dental cleanings or more complex ones like extractions or surgery.
The Procedure for Oral Sedation
The child typically receives the medication before the dental procedure or appointment. The child may be asked to swallow a pill or liquid. Sometimes, a dissolvable tablet may be placed under the tongue. The onset and duration of sedation can vary based on the medication used.
While sedated, the child's vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation, are closely monitored by healthcare professionals to ensure their safety. The child's responsiveness and level of sedation are also continually assessed.
After the procedure, the child may experience residual effects of the sedative medication, such as drowsiness or temporary coordination difficulties. Providing a calm and supervised environment for the child to recover fully is essential. Our team will provide specific instructions regarding what the patient should eat and drink and any restrictions following the procedure.
The Advantages of Oral Sedation
Reducing Fear and Anxiety
Oral sedation helps alleviate children's anxiety and fear, making them more relaxed and comfortable during dental treatments or procedures. It can help create a more positive and calm experience, particularly for children who have had previous negative experiences or struggle with dental anxiety.
Sedation can improve a child's ability to cooperate during dental procedures, which is crucial for the success of the treatment. Children who are anxious or uncooperative may have difficulty sitting still or following instructions, making the process more challenging and potentially less effective. Oral sedation helps to minimize these issues and improve cooperation, allowing the dentist or healthcare professional to perform the necessary procedures more efficiently.
Ease of Administration
Oral sedation is a non-invasive method of sedation that is generally well-tolerated by children. Compared to other forms of sedation, such as intravenous or general anesthesia, oral sedation is easier to administer, does not require needles or injections, and is less intimidating for children.
Oral sedation can be customized to suit the specific needs of each child. The dosage and type of sedative medication can be adjusted based on factors such as the child's age, weight, medical history, and the nature of the procedure. For the best dental care for your child, visit Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 10722 Potranco Rd #109, San Antonio, TX 78251, or call (210) 647-4769.