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Can children have dental sedation?

While it is common for everyone to experience feeling nervous at the dentist, this can be especially true for children. In order to help children feel more relaxed, our office offers dental sedation for your child. Here, our Burnaby dentists discuss whether dental sedation is safe for children and what the different types are. 

You may be aware that your child is anxious at the dentist, or they may have special needs and require a bit of assistance in order to relax during experiences such as dental visits. Utilizing dental sedation is one way to assist your child in relaxing. Our Burnaby dentists are frequently questioned about the safety of sedation for children receiving dental treatment.

When trained and experienced dental professionals administer dental sedation, sedation and anesthesia are a safe way for children to receive the necessary and critical dental healthcare they require.

Because dentist visits are commonly viewed as a negative experience by children, dental sedation can help remove the stress during their visit. By reducing the stress and anxiety levels of a particularly nervous child, sedation can play a key role in providing children with positive dental experiences.

The Different Types of Dental Sedation for Children

The three types of sedation that are commonly used for children are:

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, can help to calm young patients who are feeling anxious, nervous or frightened. Nitrous Oxide is delivered via a face mask, and will relax the patient and promote euphoric feelings, but will not make the patient unconscious or impair their reflexes. 

Oral sedation can take up to 20 minutes to take effect, so it's given to the patient when they first arrive for their dental appointment. Oral sedation will not make the patient unconscious, but patients often dose off during the procedure.

General anesthesia may be recommended by our children's dentists for patients with high pain sensitivity, serious behavioural challenges, limited understanding and/or with special needs. Under general anesthesia, the patient becomes unconscious so that their reflexes are completely relaxed. Patients will have no memory of the procedure once they wake, and will not feel pain during the procedure.

At North Burnaby Dental Group, we offer oral and general anesthesia. Your child's safety and comfort are our priority. Our team can answer any questions or concerns that you may have about dental sedation prior to your child's visit.

If you have questions about dental sedation for children, contact our Burnaby dental offices. 

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