If your child needs dental work but is very nervous or anxious about seeing the dentist, the team at Miles of Little Smiles is here to help. Dr. Mila Belgrade is a pediatric specialist and has years of experience treating children with sedation dentistry in White Plains. Whether your little one is anxious, fearful, has difficulty sitting still or a strong gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help them enjoy their visit!
Sedation with Laughing Gas
Laughing gas sedation is what we recommend for most children with mild to moderate dental anxiety. The sedative will be delivered to your child through a comfortable nose mask. They’ll breathe in, and feel the effects of the gas immediately.
Laughing gas will keep your child feeling happy and comfortable, and it also inhibits pain. Combined with local anesthetic, this ensures your child won’t feel any discomfort during their procedure. It also wears off after only 5 minutes, which means that you and your little one can get back to your daily life without any interruption following your appointment.
IV Sedation for Children
IV sedation is a deeper method of sedation. It uses a mixture of anti-anxiety drugs that are delivered intravenously through an IV bag. Once your child is sedated, he or she will likely become very drowsy and groggy, and may even fall asleep during the procedure. They will also likely forget most or all of what happens during their procedure. They won’t be unconscious, however, and can be roused if necessary.
IV sedation lasts 4-6 hours after it’s administered. Post-treatment after-effects include confusion, nausea, dry mouth, tearing up and crying, and headaches.
General Anesthesia for Kids
General anesthesia is typically only used for major dental procedures. Your child will be given a blend of sedatives that will guarantee that your child will not feel a thing during treatment. They will be completely unconscious, and will not remember their procedure. This means that they will have no painful memories of the dentist, which will help ensure that they do not develop dental anxiety in the future.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?
Yes! Sedation dentistry is completely safe for children. Dr. Belgrade specializes in pediatric dental sedation, and we will use the latest techniques and best practices to ensure that your child is sedated safely. We’ll also ask you about your child’s medical history and discuss allergies and other such things to ensure that they are sedated safely.
The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry
- Sedation dentistry is the best way to relieve fear and anxiety in kids who are afraid of the dentist.
- With sedation, your child can feel more comfortable and safe while they get the care they need.
- Sedation dentistry can help your child get through longer dental procedures, preventing squirming and discomfort. It can even help with fear of needles (such as numbing needles) and inhibit the gag reflex.