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Is Sedation Necessary for Children’s Dental Treatment?

Going to the dentist can be a stressful and intimidating experience for children. Here at Starship M, your child’s comfort is very important to us. Therefore, we have various sedation options depending on your child’s anxiety level and treatment being performed. In combination with numbing with sedation, it is our goal to have your child comfortable during their dental procedure.

Sedation Options for Children

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide) is the most frequently used method to relax anxious children. Your child will be given a comfortable nose mask to wear during treatment. Nitrous oxide and oxygen are administered through the mask, causing him or her to feel giddy and relaxed. When the procedure is complete, the mask will be removed. The gas is very mild and wears off very quickly, making it safe for your child to breathe.

Before your child’s appointment, please inform us if your child has been sick recently because breathing through his/her nose is crucial for nitrous oxide administration. Also, avoid giving yoru child solid food or dairy for at least two hours before the appointment.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) will allow your child to sleep through their entire dental treatment. Medication is delivered through a needle that is inserted into your child’s vein, usually in the arm/hand. The anesthesiologist will monitor your child’s vitals closely throughout the entire procedure. Even though this can be emotional and stressful, benefits are that dental decay/pain can be addressed, and your child will have a positive experience.
Precise instructions, such as NPO guidelines, will be given before the appointment.

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