Dental Sedation

Is Oral Sedation Right for Your Child’s Next Dental Procedure?


Dental sedation is an excellent way to make the sting of any oral surgery or oral procedure much less, especially for children. A lot of children fear the dentist, and the thought of having any procedure done can cause a high level of anxiety.

For many children, dental sedation not only takes the edge off and stops them from experiencing pain, but it is also an excellent tool for the oral surgeon so that the child sits still and makes it easier and safer for everyone involved in the procedure.

Is It Safe?

Oral sedation is a type of sedation that uses medication to calm a child, and can sometimes put them to sleep. Unlike other forms of sedation like IV sedation, the child can be completely awake and conscious the whole time with oral sedation, so there is less of a risk of breathing issues.

Oral sedation involves giving the patient different types of anti-anxiety medications, which also keep away the needles that can scare your little one.

Oral sedation is ordered through a prescription before the procedure. The pill is taken about thirty minutes before a scheduled appointment so that it has enough time to work before the treatment begins.

What Are the Side Effects?

Often, oral sedation will cause drowsiness, so don’t be overly concerned if your child is acting lethargic. That is a common side effect of oral sedation. In most cases there is very little risk of any side effects with oral sedation since it is an extremely effective and safe form of sedation.

In very rare instances, there are side effects. One side effect of any medication is that there is always a chance that your child will have an allergic reaction to it. Though it is extremely rare, if you notice your child having a hard time breathing or if he or she suddenly develops a rash, immediately take them to the emergency room.

Occasionally, oral sedation medication might cause excessive drowsiness, nausea or vomiting. If your child is having a bad reaction, make sure to contact your oral surgeon immediately. There is also the chance that a patient can have a depressed respiration rate, which can be supplemented with oxygen support until the medication wears off.

How Can You Limit Any Negative Side Effects?

The best way to limit the potential for any unwanted side effects is to fill out the health history form as accurately as possible. It might give a clue to the oral surgeon that your child may have a preexisting condition that can increase the risk for something to happen.

If you are considering using oral sedation for your child’s next oral procedure, know that the risks are generally extremely low and the benefits are high. Not only does oral sedation prevent anxiety from building in your child and leaving a lasting negative feeling toward the dentist, but it can also save them from getting hurt because they can’t sit still. To determine whether or not it is right for your child, speak with an experienced Dental Anesthesiologist.


The Dental Anesthesia Center: Sedation and Sleep Dentistry

950 Francis Pl #305

Clayton, MO


(314) 862-7844


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