Sedation Options at Jamboree Dentistry
Oral Sedation at Jamboree Dentistry
Oral sedation is a mild/ light form of sedation given to children with mild anxiety who require dental work. It comes in the form of a liquid your child drinks. The medicine goes into effect in about 45 minutes. Importantly, these medicines do not put your child to sleep, but they do relieve mild anxiety and can make your child a little drowsy.
Your child must be somewhat cooperative for dental work to be completed, as this is a light form of sedation. If your child’s dental needs are very great, it may require two or three shorter visits with oral sedation to complete all the treatment.
General Anesthesia at Jamboree Dentistry
General anesthesia is a deeper level of sedation requiring no cooperation from your child. The child will fall asleep in the parent’s arms while breathing in a gas. An anesthesiologist will then start an IV and intubate the child so that he remains sleeping for the entire procedure. Children can require general anesthesia for many reasons including, young age, uncooperative behavior, large number of dental cavities, medically compromising condition/special needs children or because oral sedation was not successful in the past.
For this option the child will be put to sleep by a board certified anesthesiologist and our pediatric dentist will perform the dental treatment.
Children and adolescents with dental cavities who are very young or who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs or medically compromised children in order to treat their cavities safely. There are many safe and effective sedation treatment options available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
The following patients may be candidates for sedation during their visit:
- Children who require major treatment
- The very anxious child or adolescent
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or who are special needs