With IV sedation, our pediatric anesthesiologists will administer carefully measured doses of anti-anxiety drugs intended to help put your child at ease for the treatment. Because the doses are determined on a patient-by-patient basis, this can be a safe option for children who are apprehensive about seeing the dentist.
IV sedation is also beneficial because your child will have no recollection of the procedure after the fact, which means that there are no bad memories to exacerbate fears that may make the child resistant to future appointments and treatments.
Additionally, IV sedation does not compromise the airway like general anesthesia does, which also makes IV sedation a safer option.
IV sedation can be particularly useful for children with special needs, who may face extra difficulty in tolerating the experience of dental treatment. Additionally, in cases of lengthy, complex treatments, IV sedation can be useful for children who will have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. Similarly, IV sedation can benefit children with a strong gag reflex who cannot endure having dental professionals’ hands in their mouths.
If you opt for IV sedation as part of your child’s dental treatment, be sure to discuss any precautions that you should take in advance of the appointment, such as making sure that your child does not eat or drink anything after midnight in advance of the procedure.
We encourage parents who feel that their children may benefit from IV sedation to discuss this option with one of our dentists.
We are proud to partner with North Texas Children’s Anesthesia in the administration of all sedation.