Are Dental Sedatives Safe for Children?
Edmonton dentists often administer dental sedatives to patients who require longer or more complex procedures. Some patients even request mild dental sedatives for routine dental treatments and dental cleanings, especially if they often experience dental anxiety. The good news is that, when administered by a qualified dental professional, dental sedatives are safe for children as well. At Westmount Dental Centre, a family and kids dentist in Edmonton, we provide safe and effective dental sedation for adults and for children.
Sedation dental procedures are often known as "sleep dentistry." However, very strong sedatives are usually reserved for oral surgeries. The sedatives administered by a dentist in Edmonton during your child's routine dental visit will simply create a more relaxed state of mind while allowing them to remain awake.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Sedatives?
As was mentioned above, the main benefit of dental sedatives, especially for children, is that they can help lower anxiety levels and encourage relaxation during a visit with an Edmonton dentist. Many children can be quite anxious about visiting the dentist and one uncomfortable or unenjoyable visit can make them dread their next trip to a dental clinic even more. Some children may also have a difficult time sitting still for long enough for a dentist to complete a dental procedure or even for a simple teeth cleaning and examination.
Dental sedation can be a valuable and effective tool in ensuring that your child gets the dental care they need. On top of booking an appointment with an Edmonton dentist providing sedation dentistry, you can help your child feel less anxious about dental appointments by reading them books about the dentist and by playing pretend dentist at home.
What Types of Dental Sedatives Are Available?
At Westmount Dental Centre, our Edmonton family dentists are certified to provide both nitrous oxide and oral sedation for patients who request it for themselves and for children when requested by their parents.
Nitrous oxide sedation is delivered through a mask and takes effect in as little as five minutes. Your child will be able to stay awake but will feel relaxed and calm. Once the procedure is finished, the effects of the nitrous oxide wear off quickly. Oral sedation, which requires taking a pill at the start of the appointment, takes 20-60 minutes to work. This type of sedation usually produces a greater feeling of drowsiness but generally still allows the patient to remain awake.
West Edmonton Dentist Providing Sedation Dental Services
As a dentist in Edmonton, Westmount Dental Centre is committed to making your child's experience at our dental clinic as stress-free as possible. With dental sedatives, your child may feel more relaxed and can experience less anxiety for their next dental treatment or cleaning. Our Edmonton dentists have the necessary training and experience to ensure that the sedatives are administered safely and effectively.
If you have any more questions about dental sedatives, or if you'd like to book an appointment for your child, contact Westmount Dental Centre today.