Not every child loves going to the dentist, but for important cleanings and dental procedures, it’s important to help them feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. That’s why the My Kidz Dentist team in Phoenix, Arizona, offers general anesthesia to their little patients who are too anxious or scared to sit through a full visit. For more information on general anesthesia in dentistry, call My Kidz Dentist or book an appointment online today.
When used in dentistry, general anesthesia acts as a type of sedation for children who have a fear of the dentist. Dental sedation is an effective tool for routine cleanings and more invasive surgical procedures alike. At My Kidz Dentist, sedation can help your child relax during the visit, so the team has a chance to properly assess and work on your child’s beautiful smile.
There are four main types and levels of sedation used in pediatric dentistry, including:
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an extremely mild sedative that helps pediatric patients feel slightly lightheaded and relaxed. If your child has a general fear of going to the dentist, nitrous oxide makes the visit more comfortable. Most children do not fall asleep while taking nitrous oxide, but they may feel extra giggly.
During mild sedation, medication or a combination of medications are administered to help pediatric patients relax without pain or worry. Your child remains fully awake during mild sedation, though the effects can feel disorienting following the procedure.
When administered, moderate sedation makes children feel quite sleepy, though they can be awakened easily after the procedure. They may feel very tired following the procedure and likely won’t remember much about the visit.
IV sedation, or deep sedation, is administered intravenously. Their breathing and vitals will be monitored the entire time. Once IV sedation is given, your child will completely fall asleep. At My Kidz Dentist, general anesthesia is administered intravenously. A second medication is typically required to wake your child up following the procedure.
The best way to prepare your child for dental sedation is to make them feel as comfortable as possible. This may mean bringing along a security blanket or beloved stuffed animal, or simply holding your child’s hand before the procedure. In most cases, parents are asked to be present when their child wakes up from sedation, so they see a friendly, familiar face the moment they open their eyes.
The My Kidz Dentist team also recommends using encouraging language when talking about the dentist to help reduce your child’s fears of visiting their office. Above all else, the team wants to build positive relationships with their pediatric patients. To find out if general anesthesia and dental sedation are right for your child, call My Kidz Dentist or book an appointment online today.