Dental care can be intimidating for many patients, especially those that are nervous about going to the dentist in the first place or are anxious about the discomfort of being in the dental chair for longer than a traditional dental cleaning. If your child falls into any of those categories, sedation can help with the following:
Fear of the dentist based on bad experiences can only be corrected by creating new, positive associations regarding dental care. This is hard to do, however, with a worried or anxious child. Sedation helps to calm nerves and allows patients to feel good about their treatment. With sedation for continued dental appointments, patients come to expect a level of ease and may not even need this service in the future. For children who are fearful about anesthetic injections, sedation can be applied before any treatment begins, so they have little to no memory of the steps taken to treat their smiles.
Longer Appointments and Complex Treatments
Long dental appointments aren’t necessarily events that any patient looks forward to, but this can be compounded when a patient is nervous. In cases where extensive care is needed, it’s likely that patients are experiencing comprehensive tooth decay and general health issues, making the completion of restorative services vital to their health and well-being. Sedation shortens the perceived length of dental visits, so young patients can receive the care they need without worry or stress. Sedation eases and relaxes patients, allowing them to feel comfortable when medication diminishes in effect as well. Children with multiple cavities or who require crowns or pulpectomies are perfect candidates for sedation.
Special Needs Dentistry
For patients who have behavioral or physical needs that prevent them from completing a trip to the dentist, no matter what kind of treatment is scheduled, IV sedation helps to create a deeper sense of relaxation that allows children to rest comfortably in a dental chair while their smiles are treated. Children with special needs benefit from sedation, as it allows their smiles to be treated comprehensively and accurately. In using sedation, both the patient and the doctor benefit; children are not making themselves uncomfortable by squirming in a dental chair and their dentist is able to work quickly and efficiently to complete treatments.
Questions about sedation? Contact our office! Learn more about pediatric sedation services by contacting Little Fish Dental to speak to a member of our Rocklin dental team.