Dental phobia is surprisingly common. Around 36% of the general population reports experiencing anxiety about dental visits, according to the National Institutes of Health. For children, those fears can be even more extreme.  

Child sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective means of helping kids relax during their dental treatments. Next, we’ll explore the benefits of sedation dentistry. And we’ll look at how sedation dentistry for kids can help your child overcome their fear of dental visits. 

Child Sedation Dentistry Is Safe

The most important thing to understand about sedation for children is that it is perfectly safe. Dr. Ryan completed a rigorous two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

He understands the unique healthcare needs of children. Sedation is different than general anesthesia.

Under the effects of mild sedation, children remain awake and conscious. At no point will they lose consciousness. Dr. Ryan will watch their heartbeat and adjust the sedation levels accordingly. This ensures that the right dosage is administered. 

Sedation dentistry is very common for adults, teens, and children. The doses of sedation are adjusted according to each patient’s body weight and age. If you have any questions about the safety of this procedure, Dr. Ryan will be glad to answer your questions in full. 

Child Sedation Dentistry Helps the Dentist

As any parent knows, children are prone to fidgeting. These movements can become even more pronounced when children are asked to sit in a chair for 30 minutes or longer. Nervous kids are even more likely to squirm, which can make performing delicate dental procedures incredibly difficult. 

Under the calming effects of sedation, children are more likely to sit still so our dentists and hygienists can work efficiently and effectively. For children who experience dental phobia, sedation offers the ideal situation for performing important dental procedures. 

Customizable Treatments

Sedation dentistry isn’t a one-size-fits-all option. Dr. Ryan will customize each treatment to meet the unique needs of each pediatric dentistry situation. The type and quantity of sedation used will be customized as needed.

Something as simple as a pediatric teeth cleaning may need mild amounts of nitrous oxide. This is sometimes referred to as laughing gas.

Longer procedures that are invasive may need medium, moderate, or deep sedation options. No matter what your child’s needs are, Dr. Ryan can safely and effectively administer the right sedation option. 

Reduced Dental Phobia

A dental phobia comes from the perception that dental treatment will induce discomfort or even pain. These concerns are often unfounded, but the fear is real. In some cases, the phobia can be a real barrier to dental treatments.

Dr. Ryan, your local pediatric dentist, has vast experience helping children overcome their dental phobia through the use of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide, prescription pills, or IV solutions instantly wash away dental phobias and allow children to relax or even enjoy their visits to the dentist. 

We all want our children to enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health. Sometimes, that involves relying on safe and effective sedation options. 

Excited Kids Want to Come Back

Once your child experiences our warm and friendly dental practice, he or she will be less likely to have concerns or fears about returning. This is one of the amazing benefits of child sedation dentistry. After learning that dental visits don’t have to be scary, your child may become excited about future visits.

Supports Oral Health

Dr. Ryan is considered one of the best child dentists in the area because he puts childrens’ oral health first and foremost. On average, children require twice-a-year visits for cleanings and check-ups. Adolescence is a crucial time because the child’s jaws are still growing and their adult teeth are forming. 

Sedation dentistry helps nervous children enjoy the benefits of pediatric dentistry and preventative treatments like sealants that can prevent cavities. 

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

There are three main types of sedation: nitrous oxide, prescription medication, and IV sedation. In situations where only low or mild levels of sedation are needed, nitrous oxide offers a safe and highly controllable option. The steady stream of nitrous oxide and oxygen is fed through a covering over the nose where the gas enters the lungs and then the central nervous system.

Nitrous Oxide

Under the effects of nitrous oxide, children feel relaxed and sleepy. Time seems to pass more quickly, and anxieties melt away. Once the gas is turned off, the child’s natural alert state returns rather quickly.

Prescription Medication 

Another option uses prescription pills. There are many medication options, and Dr. Ryan will prescribe a dose that is suitable for children. Prescription pills take longer to take effect, so parents will be given instructions on when to administer the pills before the appointment. 

IV Sedation

For procedures that require heavy levels of sedation, Dr. Ryan may recommend IV sedation. Dr. Ryan administers IV sedation directly to the bloodstream. Children enter a deep state of sedation that allows Dr. Ryan to perform lengthy or complex procedures more easily. 

Learn More About Child Sedation Dentistry

Dental phobia doesn’t have to be a barrier between your child and optimal oral health. Is your child voices nervousness or anxiety about an upcoming dental procedure? Ask our dentist if child sedation dentistry is an option to quell your child’s fears. 

Visiting the dentist can sometimes be a scary experience for children. Dr. Ryan Cregge and his team work to provide families with a welcoming and safe environment that is full of smiles and laughter. To schedule your next visit, contact our team online today.