Sedation Dentistry for Anxious and Nervous Children



Bringing a child to the dentist can sometimes be a grab bag of emotions, especially if your child is typically uneasy during appointments. If your child is in need of a dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction or cavity filling, then calming your child and making sure they are prepared should be your top concern. If your child typically reacts poorly to these situations, sedation dentistry may be a good option for you.

There are many different forms of dentistry sedation available by Woodbridge Kids, and a thorough assessment of your child will reveal which one is most appropriate for you and the child.

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

In some circumstances, your dentist may deduce that nitrous oxide and nitrous oxygen, otherwise known as laughing gas, is the best sedation practice for your child. Doses of laughing gas will be adjusted to suit your children’s specific needs. Laughing gas provides a calming effect that can help sooth a scared child’s anxieties over their dental procedure.

Laughing gas is administered via a face mask that fits comfortably over the child’s nose. Many parents prefer laughing gas as their sedation technique because the children remain awake and conscious during the procedure. As such, children are able to communicate and provide dialogue to the dental professional as well as the parent. The effects of laughing gas will wear off about five minutes after it has not been consumed, making this a prefered sedation technique for many.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation might be recommended by your dental professional based on certain aspects of your child. Oral sedation will comfort and relax your child, ensuring that the procedure can proceed smoothly and without any complications. Oral sedation may produce some effects in your child that mimic intoxication, such as loss of coordination, slurring, and sleeping. Some children may fall asleep for the procedure. Two adults will need to accompany the child to their procedure, to ensure that the child is properly cared for when sedated.

Worried about your child’s mental well-being during their next dental appointment? Have them seen by a leading children’s dentist in Vaughan! Call Woodbridge Kids today at (905) 264-1543!