When is IV Sedation Recommended for Kids?

IV sedation kids dentistFor decades, dentists have used varying levels of sedation to promote patient relaxation and comfort—especially during lengthy procedures. Over the years, sedation methods have improved substantially, especially with the use of IV Sedation. Like adults, children sometimes require medication during dental procedures to alleviate discomfort or anxiety. Because our practice specializes in treating children, treatment is tailored to the needs of our younger patients by our kids’ dentist. IV sedation allows precise dosing that reduces feelings of worry or panic while also making our patients feel at ease.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation involves administering anti-anxiety medication, normally from the benzodiazepine family of drugs, intravenously. Unlike other sedation methods, IV sedation does not obstruct airways and is tailored to the specific needs of your child. Because every patient reacts differently to medication, this form of sedation allows us to provide the proper amount of medicine that is right for your child. When medication is administered through an IV, we can also adjust the dosage if necessary. While using this method of sedation, your child’s vitals are closely monitored to help ensure safety.  When medication is deemed necessary by our kid’s dentist, IV sedation is performed by licensed anesthesiologists from North Texas Children’s Anesthesia, a practice we have partnered with for administering anesthesia.

What types of procedures require IV sedation?

The use of IV sedation in pediatric dentistry varies. For example, patients with severe dental phobias or special needs respond well to this method of sedation because they feel completely relaxed and have little to no recollection of their dental procedure. Patients who have difficulty remaining still for long periods of time may also benefit from IV sedation. Administering this type of medication is especially useful for time consuming or complex procedures because our team can work without obstruction while your child rests peacefully.

Should I inquire about IV sedation for my child’s upcoming dental treatment?

Yes, we welcome you to discuss your child’s treatment options with our team. If you feel that one of our services would benefit your child, feel free to contact our office or speak with us during your next visit.

To schedule an appointment, contact our experienced team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.

Tooth Decay: Will my child need a dental crown?

childrens dentist Tarrant countyDid you know that tooth decay is an infectious disease? The Center for Disease Control identifies dental caries (cavities) as an infectious disease because transmittable oral bacteria cause cavities. In fact, tooth decay is so common that roughly 99% of all people will develop a cavity at some point in their lifetime. When it comes to treating tooth decay, our children’s dentist offers restorative treatments such as fillings and crowns.

Why Tooth Decay Requires Treatment

Unlike other parts of the body such as bones and ligaments, teeth cannot self-repair. Once a tooth is affected by decay or trauma, it must be treated with restorative dentistry to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage. If a cavity goes untreated, it will worsen, leaving your child vulnerable to further damage and discomfort. As a cavity spreads, it will eventually breach the interior structures of teeth, which house sensitive structures such as the roots. If tooth decay spreads to the interior structures of teeth, children often experience toothaches and discomfort. This can lead to difficulty focusing in school and may impair speech.

Treating Tooth Decay with Fillings and Crowns

Our children’s dentist uses restorations such as fillings and crowns to remove decayed areas of teeth and prevent further damage. The type of restoration required depends on the size of the cavity. For example, small areas of decay on the biting surfaces of teeth typically only require a small filling. For larger areas of decay—especially if the interior structures of teeth have become infected—a dental crown is necessary. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over the entire tooth. Crowns prevent further damage while restoring the tooth to its rightful shape and size. This allows patients to eat comfortably and maintain a healthy bite.

When it comes to pediatric dentistry, our children’s dentist takes special care to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed during all procedures. Our family-friendly practice will help your child reclaim their oral health and improve their quality of life.

Call 817-569-6633 today to reserve an appointment.