IV Sedation: How closely will my child be monitored?

 IV sedation kids dentistThere are many situations when having your child alert and paying attention to what is going on around them is warranted. However, extensive dental repair is not one of those times. When dental correction is required for your child, a visit with a kid’s dentist specializing in IV sedation may provide the best option for you and your child.

Corrective or extensive dental surgery creates anxiety in patients of all ages. Fear of the unknown … what is going to happen; how long will the procedure take; will it hurt; will I look different after the procedure … all of these things creep into the mind of patients. And when the patient is your child, there is real fear coupled with a million questions. 

Children with severe anxiety, the inability to sit still, or special needs due to a physical or mental condition often benefit with some type of sedation dentistry.

Pediatric dentistry is an important aspect of dental treatment. Dental providers are educated and specialize in the treatment of children. There are many times when dental procedures require more than just doing the work … when children are involved, handling them and knowing/understanding their needs can mean the difference between a successful procedure and an awful experience for patient, parent, and provider.

Children with severe anxiety, the inability to sit still, or special needs due to a physical or mental condition often benefit with some type of sedation dentistry. IV sedation provided by your kid’s dentist may be recommended during their consultation appointment.

On the day of treatment, your child will be given small and controlled doses of anesthetic. Throughout the procedure, your child’s vital signs are continuously monitored. Your child is never left alone, and is monitored by someone trained and experienced in IV sedation.

With IV sedation, the patient is totally unaware of their surroundings. This means there will be no recollection of the procedure including the sounds made, conversation between the dentist and staff, or what transpired during treatment.

This eliminates those fears and anxiety that might be experienced at the sound of drills or if the procedure is taking longer than expected.

At the conclusion of treatment, the patient will be somewhat groggy for the remainder of the day, but will not recall anything about their appointment. Depending on what procedure was completed, medication for discomfort may be dispensed with follow-up visits recommended.

Your skilled kid’s dentist at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry is a wonderful asset for any child experiencing high anxiety or with special needs.

Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction

children's root canal Fort WorthA tooth ache is a signal that there is something wrong. Decay, gum disease, or some type of infection could be the problem. A visit to the dentist is warranted … the diagnosis could mean the difference between treatment and tooth loss. When it is your child, concern goes into overdrive. A children’s root canal may be the best choice.

When this diagnosis is given, it is advisable to receive treatment by someone who specializes in treating children … a pediatric dentist. This dental professional has studied the impact treatment has on a child and will be your best option for an excellent outcome.

Unlike an adult, there are more factors to consider when faced with a children’s root canal. How old is the child, which tooth is involved, how extensive is the problem. When an adult is faced with needed endodontic therapy, it is either a root canal or tooth extraction.

The situation with a child is very different. Is the tooth a primary tooth that is close to being lost naturally? If a “baby” tooth is involved, it is important to know the facts. A primary tooth is critical to forming correct speech patterns, chewing correctly, and maintaining space for the permanent tooth to erupt.

Losing the tooth too soon can interrupt the natural growing process … remaining teeth can drift toward the open space creating problems when the permanent tooth is ready to come in.

If the primary tooth is loose, extraction would likely be recommended. There is no reason to try to salvage a tooth that will be naturally lost very soon anyway.

When a child is experiencing a problem with a permanent tooth, your pediatric dentist will x-ray the tooth to determine the extent of decay or infection. When root canal therapy is indicated, the dentist will take the time to explain to parent and patient what is involved.

A root canal has earned a much undeserved reputation as a long, painful experience; however, with the advances made in corrective dentistry, the process is usually completed quickly and without any discomfort.

Taking your child for their first dental appointment around the age of one will help familiarize your child with the dental experience. This can be important when dental treatment is needed determining whether your child will be uneasy or be able to handle this appointment with ease.

Call 817-569-6633 to speak with our experienced pediatric dentistry team today.