My child needs treatment and needs dental sedation and anesthesia. Is it safe?
Going to the dentist can be daunting for anyone, so imagine how a kid might feel! A dental problem can be really scary, specifically when your child needs dental sedation and anesthesia to avoid any pain. But many parents are concerned that sedation substances are unhealthy, or even toxic.
Here at LOL Dental, we believe that going to the dentist should be health improving, as fun as can be, and ... non-toxic. That's why provide the following sedation procedures:
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) can help lower stress levels. Within minutes, you’ll feel completely relaxed, but fully conscious. As a neuro depressant, laughing gas slows down your nervous system, which allows for a much more pleasant experience at the dentist. Nitrous oxide is a great tool for kids who may have a harder time at the dentist.
Some of the benefits of using nitrous oxide are:
Another option is taking an oral sedative that is prescribed at a previous appointment. Sedatives produce a moderate level of relaxation and can considerably reduce anxiety before and during a treatment.
Unlike nitrous oxide, it doesn't cause the giggles, but it also doesn’t make you sleepy! In fact, most patients come away from the appointment with only a vague memory of the noises, smells and sensations they experienced.
Patients receiving conscious oral sedation must be accompanied by an adult who can bring them back home after the appointment. In general, the relaxing effect goes away within a few hours.
We recommend general anesthesia for patients who have a genuine phobia of seeing the dentist or who require extensive dental treatments. When this option is indicated, dental treatments will be provided by dentists working at LOL Dental and performed at the Janeway hospital in St. Johns.
Since this option involves inducing sleep, the patient will be monitored during treatment and in the recovery room. The patient will only be allowed to leave the hospital once the anaesthetic has completely worn off.
We offer dental sedation at all our locations:
Going to the dentist can be an unnerving experience at any age and bring on an intense emotional response. This is especially so for small children who don’t quite understand the benefits of seeing their dentist. From the loud buzzing sounds, to the metal objects poking into their mouths and the strange sensations, the dentist can be very overwhelming for little ones.
Dental sedation options can be a strong solution to mitigating your child’s fear of the dentist and is extremely valuable during extensive dental treatments. We understand that there is concern around the safety of its application and may seem unappealing.
However, we believe that administering dental sedation to children at the dentist should not be stressful, concerning or confusing. At LOL Dental, we use non-toxic treatments such as nitrous oxide and oral sedatives that are safe for children without long-lasting side effects.
The result is to create a positive and relaxed experience for your child. — and for you!
At LOL Dental we believe that dental sedation and anesthesia should be simple, comfortable and accessible.
We fully understand how intimidating the dentist can be for children and even for adults. Dental sedation can seem equally intimidating, however can be a very positive solution to managing intense dental phobias. We are here to support you in finding an approach that suits your child’s needs and that of your own and ensure you both feel comfortable along the way.
We are as transparent and detailed as possible in our explanations of when and how sedatives will be used and their effects.