SEDATION OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN


At Vaughan Children’s Dentistry, our goal is to provide safe, high quality pediatric dental care in a comfortable setting. Some children are naturally relaxed in our environmemnt and readily accept treatment. For some children, achieving this goal may require a form of sedation. Research shows that traumatic dental experiences in childhood can result in dental fears in adults.

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SEDATION SAFETY

Your child’s safety is our top priority. When provided by trained and qualified medical personnel, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective method for delivering high quality care in a comfortable setting. We take safety extremely seriously and are strict with the following guidelines.

  • Sedation is only administered by qualified and certified doctors
  • General anesthesia (treatment asleep) is only administered by medical anesthesiologists
  • All doctors and nurses are required to maintain and renew pediatric advanced life support training
  • Our equipment is installed and maintained with the highest standards
  • Sedation is only administered after taking a thorough medical history
  • Doses for light sedation are minimzed to reduce procedure risks
 

WHICH SEDATION OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Our practice uses many different forms of sedation which are discussed on our website. During your consultation visit, our doctors will discuss the options available and together we will arrive at a plan that is suitable and individually tailored to your child’s needs. Not every sedation option is suitable for every child.

FACTORS OF CONSIDERATION

During Consultation, we consider the following:

– How old is the child? What is the expected cooperative ability?
– How much treatment needs to be completed?
– How long will the treatment take to complete?
– What is the urgency of the dental treatment?
– How does the child behave at the consultation visit?
– What is the child’s general personality / disposition?

1. NITROUS OXIDE

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is administered by inhalation and is commonly referred to as “laughing gas”. A mask is fitted over your child’s nose, and as he or she breathes, there will be a feeling of relaxation. Nitrous oxide also raises the pain threshold so your child will feel less during the procedure. Any child who is feeling nervous or anxious about dental treatment may benefit from the use of nitrous oxide. It is extremely safe and well-tolerated by patients of all ages. At the end of the procedure, the nitrous oxide is turned off and there are no lasting effects.

From a practical standpoint, we ask children to pick a smell that they like (strawberry, vanilla, cotton candy) and place the smell inside the mask. During the procedure, we simply place the mask on the child’s nose and ask them to smell.

2. ORAL SEDATION

This technique involves giving your child a medication by mouth for the purpose of reducing anxiety or discomfort. At Vaughan Children’s Dentistry, we only use oral sedation medications that are reversible, and sedation procedures are only provided once your child has had a thorough assessment.

During the sedation procedure, your child may fall asleep or may remain awake. To ensure patient safety, we follow strict guidelines and monitoring protocols set out by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 
The most common medications given orally are Midazolam and Triazolam. These are in the same class of medications as Ativan or Valium. The goal from these medications is to provide anti-anxiety.

3. General Anesthesia

For young children with extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia may be the safest and most effective form of sedation. This involves treatment with the child “asleep”. Click here for more information.

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