Dental visits for children are important from six to 14 years as that’s when their permanent teeth and jawbone develop. At Radford Dental Wellness for young people, we recommend dental visits every six months.
However, due to dental phobia, fewer children come for their regular dental checkups which can be problematic for their dental health. To address the issue, we offer sedation to keep your child relaxed and reduce pain.
Dental sedation is a mild sedative given to your child to reduce anxiety while they receive dental treatment. Our pediatrician in Pearland will recommend dental sedation in different situations such as:
It is important to remember that the sedation does not in any way control discomfort or pain after the procedure. Your child might need pain killers to control pain.
At Radford Dental Wellness, we often offer nitric oxide sedation as it is mild, safe, and it gives out dentists the liberty to adjust the dosage as required.
The sedation is administered using a mask and the gas takes effect within five minutes. However, it tends to wear off just as quickly and that’s why we instruct the child to keep the mask until the procedure is done.
Expect your child to have a ‘happy feeling’ after the procedure as the nitric oxide wears off. Our pediatric dentist may use oxygen to clear out the remaining nitric oxide.
Depending on the age of the child and dental condition, we may use oral or IV sedation to keep the child relaxed.
With oral sedation, the dentist will give the child a pill an hour before the procedure to keep them calm. Although they may get a bit drowsy, the drug doesn’t induce sleep and they are awake throughout the procedure.
Intravenous sedation is injected through the veins and is required for longer dental procedures. Keep in mind that home preparation is required for this procedure.
The pediatric dentist may ask you to limit food intake and drinks before the dental procedure. Here are special instructions to follow;
Don’t give any solid food or non-clear liquids after midnight on the day before the procedure. However, you can water two hours before.
Children can sense your concern and fear, so ensure you are as calm as possible. Additionally, you can:
After dental sedation, your child’s nose, throat, and mouth may be numb for one to two hours. So, be cautious when feeding the baby. Give them soft foods for the first few hours and watch to make sure they don’t bite their lips, cheeks or tongue. Additionally, allow your child to rest after the procedure.
Ensure you bring your child for the follow-up dental visit for assessment.
Call our dentist in Pearland, if your child develops fever, severe pain, vomiting, or bleeding of gums 24 hours after the procedure.
Our dental services are designed to address different children’s dental conditions. Apart from sedation dentistry, we also have preventive dentistry (recommended for children), dental fillings, pediatric crowns, and teeth whitening among others.
Furthermore, our dental clinic is family-oriented and has 20 years of experience. You can rest knowing that your child is in safe hands. So, call our dentist in Pearland for your child’s dental consultation and assessment.