Surfside Beach Children’s Sedation Dentistry
At our practice, we know that sometimes it can be a real struggle getting kids to the dentist, let alone having them sit through a procedure. Sedation therapy advancement has given us the opportunity to provide safe treatments for both children and teenagers who may normally have fear and anxiety about the dentist.
Nowadays, it is quite common to apply this kind of therapy to not just adults but to children as well. It is most commonly used when removing teeth or performing a filling on a cavity. Dr. Altman is your Surfside Beach, SC pediatric dental sedation expert. We provide the safest and kindest treatments possible to all our patients including levels for adult sedation and pediatric sedation dentistry.
Why Pediatric Sedation?
Pediatric sedation methods are best for children who have:
- low pain tolerance
- inability to sit still
- sensitive teeth
- gag reflux
- major dental work needed
What Kinds of Sedation Do We Offer?
There are a variety of sedation options that can be used safely and effectively for children. In this type of treatment, the child is put into a relaxed state but can breathe completely on their own. They are totally calm and at rest through the process.
Sedation methods for children are not the same as methods used for adults. The dosage is much smaller and appropriate for your child’s age, weight range, health, and height.
Conscious sedation can be used to achieve anywhere from a minimal level of consciousness to a deep level. The minimal level is most often used and applied in situations where there is general fear and anxiety over dentistry procedures.
At the deep conscious level, your child or teenager will have no recollection of the procedure at all. This method is used with a sedative that is given intravenously. This kind of method can be applied in a simple office setting by our staff- each member of our team is trained in this sedation method.
At the minimal conscious level, medication is applied orally. This method is the most popular and allows your child to be able to respond, breathe normally on their own, and to follow any commands during the procedure. It also can be raised to a moderate level of sedation.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen and Anesthetic Applications
Easing your child’s dental fear and anxiety is one thing, but pain prevention is often another issue that should be treated with care. If your child is getting minimal to moderate sedation, then in most cases they will also need nitrous oxide/oxygen as well to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. When inhaled, this treatment gives pain relief. It is usually accompanied by a typical dental anesthetic applied to the area being worked on inside the mouth.
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Frequently Asked Questions
The night before you will be asked to feed your child a low-fat meal and then have them fast from any food or liquid until after treatment the next day. Clear liquids like water are generally allowed up to two hours before. We will instruct you in detail on how to prepare. The day of the procedure a physical assessment will be made first before your child is deemed ready for any sedation methods.
Two of the most commonly used drugs for oral sedation are Versed, Vistaril or Atarax. They are provided in a syrup form, are extremely safe, and work quickly to calm your child. They also exit your child’s system faster so they won’t be sedated all day.
Minimal sedation is one of the safest methods of sedation that can be applied to a child. While any sedation method is not 100% risk-free, minimal sedation offers a light method that can be well monitored. At our office, we provide the safest environment possible by monitoring your child closely.
We will monitor your child during the entire procedure. We constantly check their heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels. Ventilation also may be monitored closely.
After the procedure is finished, we will wait until your child’s vitals are back to normal. You will need to provide a ride for your child, and they should be watched and monitored the rest of the day. They should not return to any normal activities like school until the next day. If your child complains of any pain following their procedure, over the counter methods such as Tylenol or Motrin can be used.
Pediatric sedation options in Surfside Beach, SC are offered by our qualified staff, call us today to learn more about our services.