The Benefits of Paediatric Sedation Dentistry

Most children do quite well for dental treatment. However, it is important to remember that every child responds differently in the dental office. There might be a three-year-old getting a filling doing just fine sitting next to a twelve-year-old who is extremely anxious or defiant. An easy way to get your kids used to coming to the dentist is with regular visits from an early age. The children get used to the water and noises of a cleaning, so when more extensive treatment is needed, it is not such a big deal to them.

For those children who have a harder time than most, several tools can be employed. The best and most often used are verbal techniques like positive reinforcement, tell-show-do, and voice tone control. However, often pharmacologic methods are necessary to comfortably accomplish treatment.

Sedation is incredibly beneficial to providing a comfortable, relaxed and positive experience for our patients. Not only does sedation ease the minds of our guests, but it can also increase the efficiency of treatment and prevent discomfort associated with certain types of procedures. At Corne Smith Dentistry, we offer different sedation options that have applications for common procedures such as placing fillings, performing endodontic therapy and removing diseased or damaged teeth.

Sedation Options:

IV Sedation

IV Sedation gets done “in-chair” and since the medication is delivered through an IV, its effects can be controlled by adjusting the dosage for the desired effect. In some instances, IV sedation can be used to produce a semi-conscious state for long or invasive treatments. If necessary, the dosage can be adjusted to provide a stronger anesthetic effect. Determining the dose of IV sedation is a careful process that involves evaluating your child’s overall health, medical and medication history and his or her weight. When IV sedation is administered, patients’ vitals will be monitored on a constant basis by our dental anesthesiologist.

General Anesthesia

During General Anesthesia your child will be seen in a surgery theatre. General Anesthesia is indicated when a child has many dental caries,  and is too young to cooperated in a dental setting or is dental phobic, and IV sedation was not successful.

How Sedation is Beneficial

Sedation can be a very useful tool for improving comfort and promoting a positive experience with receiving dental treatment. Sometimes children develop fears of the dentist because of the sounds they hear in a practice. Others might have difficulty being still for long amounts of time.

In either instance, sedation dentistry can assuage fears and anxiety while allowing our team to work without interruption or obstruction. With sedation, fearful children can develop positive experiences with treatment so that they don’t develop debilitating phobias. Sedation can also be beneficial for children with special needs.

Our team at Corne Smith Dentistry, Claremont, Cape Town is dedicated to providing excellent oral health care to children in our community. We believe that dental treatment should not be uncomfortable or scary for our little patients, and this is why sedation dentistry can be very useful.