You may have heard the term “sleep dentistry” and wondered what it meant. This refers to the sedation process that children often experience at the dentist office. Although patients are awake during sedation, dentists use medication to help them relax during procedures.
We all know that many children are impatient and cannot sit still long enough to be treated by the dentist. Other children have a severe gag reflex where they have a hard time tolerating tools in their mouth. For reasons like this light sedation may be recommended by the dentist for the wellbeing of your child.
Here at Woodbridge Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics our highly trained professionals provide different levels of sedation these are:
- Laughing Gas
- Oral Sedation
- Combination Therapy
Want to know more about the levels of sedation?
Laughing Gas is a Nitrous Oxide that is inhaled with a small mask that fits over your child’s nose. The child remains conscious but becomes very calm when the gas begins to work. After the procedure your child will be able to breathe in Oxygen again dismissing the effects of the Laughing Gas within five to ten minutes.
Oral Sedation involves taking a pill an hour before the procedure. The pill is called Halcion and is intended to make the patient drowsy, although the patient remains conscious.
Combination Therapy is a combination of oral and nitrous oxide sedation. This is used during a more extensive treatment which helps complete the procedure in fewer visits. Typically this therapy is used on a child who has high anxiety.
Most parents wonder what should my child do to prepare for this process? Most doctors suggest that patients do not eat 2 hours prior to their appointment. Although this seems hard to do, it will reduce your child’s chance of vomiting after sedation. Patients are recommended to drink water and apple juice as alternatives before the procedure.
If you have more questions regarding sleep dentistry or would like to book an appointment do not hesitate to give us a call at (905) 264-1543