FAQs about IV Sedation for Children

IV sedation kids dentistJust like adults, children sometimes develop fears of visiting the dentist and may experience anxiety during dental procedures. Some children with special needs or those with moderate anxiety benefit greatly from sedation dentistry—especially during lengthy or complex procedures. To help ease fears and maintain patient comfort, our kid’s dentist offers IV sedation.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation offered involves precise doses of anti-anxiety medication administered intravenously. The dosage of medication provided will be determined specifically for your child’s needs. Because our pediatric dentist prioritizes patient comfort, your child will feel relaxed and calm throughout his or her procedure. Anti-anxiety medication works with the GABA receptors in the brain to stop the chemical reaction associated with feelings of stress, worry, and anxiousness.

What are the benefits of IV sedation?

This form of sedation dentistry presents many benefits to pediatric patients. Unlike medication administered orally, IV sedation allows for precise measurement of medication and control of the medication’s effects on the body during the entire procedure. Pediatric patients receiving this form of sedation enjoy a worry-free experience with little to no recollection of their dental procedure. This helps reduce future fears of receiving oral healthcare and diminishing the likelihood of developing severe dental phobias.

Unlike general anesthesia, IV sedation does not block airways so that our kid’s dentist can conduct dental procedures without obstruction. This form of sedation is also beneficial during complex procedures such as oral surgery or during extensive restorations that require more time than simple procedures.

Who administers IV sedation?

Our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry has established a partnership with North Texas Children’s Anesthesia. This team of experienced pediatric anesthesiologists administers all sedation in a safe, highly controlled environment for our young patients.

If you feel this form of sedation would benefit your child, we welcome you to discuss this option with our team. We will gladly answer any questions you may have and determine which method of sedation is right for your child.

To schedule an appointment with our kid’s dentist, contact our office today.

How Can I Help Prevent My Child from Getting Cavities?

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyDental caries, commonly known as cavities, are an extremely common oral health condition. When the external surfaces of teeth are damaged by exposure to acid, harmful oral bacteria eat through the structures of teeth. Although teeth are living tissues, they do not heal after injury like other parts of the body. For this reason, cavities must be treated with restorative dentistry to stop the spread of decay and protect teeth from extensive damage. Our pediatric dentist strives to prevent the development of cavities through oral health education, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants.

The first line of defense against tooth decay is adopting a proper oral hygiene regimen. Children should brush their teeth after meals for a minimum of two minutes each time. Flossing should also be conducted once a day among elementary-aged children. During cleanings and checkups, our team provides dental education that includes easy-to-understand instructions for caring for teeth and gums at home.

In conjunction with regular checkups and cleanings, our pediatric dentist may prescribe fluoride treatments and dental sealants to safeguard against cavities. Fluoride treatments come in the form of a flavored foam or varnish and help remineralize tooth enamel. Since fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, it helps strengthen tooth enamel by attracting other minerals to the surface of teeth.

Dental sealants are primarily used to protect molars. Because these teeth are located at the back of the mouth, they are often difficult for children to keep clean. Furthermore, molars typically possess pits and grooves where bacteria tend to collect. Since molars are more susceptible to decay, dental sealants fill in the pits of molars with a cavity-resistant plastic compound. Applying dental sealants to teeth involves brushing the sealant along the biting surface of the tooth in liquid form and then hardening it with a special light.

Our team strongly encourages parents and caregivers to schedule bi-annual cleanings and checkups so that decay is detected in its earliest stages. To learn more about cavity prevention or to schedule an appointment, contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-569-6633 today.