Pediatric dental sedation is essential to helping kids sit through their dental appointments without feeling fearful or worried. It’s commonly used for children with dental anxiety, special needs kids, and those who need lengthy dental work.
If your child will need sedation for their next appointment, here are the steps you should take to prepare them for it:
There are several types of dental sedation your child could get, depending on their needs and dental work. Before you start preparing your child for it, it’s worth learning how the specific sedative works.
Here are the different options available:
Children can be afraid of what they don’t understand, so you should take the time to explain what’s about to happen. Tell them why the sedation is important and how it will help them get the treatment needed to have a happy and healthy smile.
You can also try some educational videos to help your child understand the process better.
Encourage your child to ask all their questions to make sure they’re not trying to hide their concerns and emotions. While you answer, reassure them that the sedation will help them feel better during their treatment.
If your child receives a mild sedative like laughing gas, then there’s not much preparation you need to do before or after. Give your child a light meal beforehand, and everything should be fine.
Other types of sedatives may require the child to fast or have prolonged effects, which means the little one should take a day off and rest. Your pediatric dentist in Valencia will give you all these details beforehand.
Even if they understand what’s going on, the child can still be a bit anxious about sedation, so try not to make everything about it. You can plan for a fun activity either on the day of the procedure or the next to help them have something else to look forward to.
Bring your little one to meet with Dr. Laura Greenwald to find out which type of dental sedation will help them restore their oral health stress-free.