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.