Can IV sedation benefit a restless or anxious child?

IV sedation kids dentistSometimes receiving pediatric dentistry services can be stressful for children – especially those undergoing lengthy or complex procedures or those with phobias in clinical settings. There are a few types of sedation options available for children including nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, and IV sedation. In a safe and controlled environment overseen by our kid’s dentist, IV sedation can make even the most restless or fearful children receive the oral healthcare they need and deserve. Sedatives can help our young patients overcome fears and phobias while also increasing their level of comfort. Following is some helpful information on sedation dentistry and how it can benefit your child.

What is IV sedation, exactly?

Unlike oral sedatives, IV sedation provides a precise level of calming and relaxing medication that can be adjusted to a patient’s needs during treatment. This is because medications are administered intravenously and therefore act quickly. Sedative medication works with the brain’s neurotransmitters to slow down the central nervous system and prevent the chemical reactions that cause anxiety and nervousness.

Only FDA approved medications and protocols are used by our kid’s dentist. IV sedation is a safe way to assuage a child’s fears, help them remain still, and promote a comfortable experience so that our team can work without obstruction.

What are the benefits of sedation in pediatric dentistry?

The most obvious benefit of IV sedation is the fact that this service can help a child remain calm, still, and relaxed during treatment. Another advantage to IV sedation is that children will not have recollection of their procedures. This is helpful for children who have dental phobias or those who might find the tools and instruments we use frightening. Sedation can help improve a child’s relationship with our dentist because they will not have negative memories or associations of previous treatment.

Our caring and trained staff is proud to offer comprehensive pediatric care to children in our community. For questions or to reserve a checkup, call our office at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.