The Kid’s Place offers in-office sedation dentistry for children of all ages who:
- have a fear or anxiety of being at the dentist.
- are resistant or reluctant to accept treatment.
- have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time.
- have a hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Wilkerson to provide dental treatment safely and comfortably for children who have special needs or may experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. Several benefits of sedation dentistry include:
- Relaxing and calming patient to avoid fear or anxiety during treatment.
- Little to no memory of treatment.
- Ability to perform more treatment in less time.
- Cost effective.
- Patient has no sense of time while under sedation.
- More extensive or invasive procedures are possible using sedation.
- More positive experience for the child, which also leads to positive future dental visits!
Levels of Sedation
Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law and there are three sedative states that Dr. Wilkerson can administer treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.
- Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for children with mild anxiety and quicker procedures. Mild sedation is usually administered through a nose piece that delivers Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). Your child will be able to breathe normally and will remain awake, with a great sense of relaxation, throughout the procedure. The effects of Nitrous Oxide are quickly reversed by delivering oxygen for a couple minutes. Recovery is quick so your child can resume normal activities immediately.
- Moderate Sedation — Also known as conscious sedation, your child will remain awake throughout the procedure, but will be in a deeper state of relaxation. This is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety, or patients who may need longer or more complex procedures. About an hour before the appointment, your child will drink an oral sedative to allow your child fully relaxed by the time treatment is delivered.
- Deep Sedation — Patients receiving deep sedation go to sleep and often have no recollection of the treatment and are unaware during the entire procedure. Deep sedation is delivered by an anesthesiologist who monitors the patient while the dentist provides dental treatment.
Safe Treatment in Less Time
For children who have trouble sitting still for a long time, or if a more lengthy, complex dental procedure is necessary, sedation dentistry allows treatment to be completed quickly, efficiently, and uninterrupted, which saves time and need to book additional appointments. If your child is sensitive to a gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help diminish the sensation of choking or the urge to throw up. Controlling the gag reflex not only makes the patient more comfortable, but helps Dr. Wilkerson perform the procedure smoothly and safely.
Sedation Dentistry for Special Needs Children
Some children have difficulty holding still during a dental procedure due to emotional, physical, or behavioral disorders. Dental sedation is ideal for children with special needs because the procedure can be done faster and be more comfortable for the patient.
Bottom line, general anesthesia can help children reduce their fears and feel more relaxed during their dental exam or treatment. If you think your child can benefit from sedation dentistry, fill out our online appointment request form or call us at (830) 239-5411 during regular office hours and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.