When To Consider Using Sedation For Your Child – Our Recommendations & Advice

Sedation is a very common tool used in pediatric dentistry. With sedation techniques like nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation, you can keep your child feeling safe and comfortable as they get the treatment they need from Dr. Julie Hantson at Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry. Wondering when you should consider sedation for your little one? Read on, and get our tips and recommendations. 

1. When They’re Very Nervous, Anxious Or Scared Of A Dental Appointment

The first situation is very obvious. Even if your kid has gone to the dentist quite a bit, they may be very nervous, anxious, or scared of getting treatment like a dental filling, and this can make it hard for them to get the care they need, even if they want to cooperate.

In this situation, sedation is an obvious choice. Sedation will help keep your child calm and comfortable, and ensure they can overcome their fears and get the dental treatment they need at Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry. 

2. When They’re Getting Serious Dental Surgery

Even if your child isn’t scared or intimidated because of an upcoming dental surgery like a tooth extraction, dental sedation may be a good choice, particularly if they have complex dental issues that will require a multiple-hour session at Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry.

Sedation will help keep your child comfortable, ensure they can sit still during a lengthy surgical appointment, and eliminate any risk of pain and discomfort along with local numbing and anesthesia, making this an excellent choice. 

3. When They’re Scared Of Needles

Lots of kids aren’t scared of the dentist, but may be very scared of needles. This can be a problem if your child is getting a treatment that requires the use of a numbing needle. But with sedation dentistry, you can help your child overcome their fear of needles and get the care they need at Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry. 

4. When They Have A Very Strong Gag Reflex 

Kids who have very strong gag reflexes may have trouble getting treatment like dental fillings in their rear teeth. Sedation like nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation helps suppress the gag reflex, which can make kids more comfortable and help them get the treatment they need.

5. When They Have Special Needs 

Children with special needs and disabilities can benefit from sedation dentistry in many cases. For example, kids with sensory processing disorders may be overwhelmed by the process of going to the dentist and getting treatment, even things such as a routine teeth cleaning and oral exam. With sedation, you can keep your child calm and ensure they get through their treatment with a minimum of discomfort and difficulty. 

Contact Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry For An Appointment Right Away 

If you are considering sedation dentistry for your little one and would like more information about the process or are ready to schedule an appointment, don’t wait. Contact Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry online or call us at (781) 205-1124. Dr. Julie Hantson and our expert dental team are always here to help your little one get the dental care they need in Marshfield.

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