Dr Nita Pai BDS (Adel), MDS (Adel)
Dr Caroline Chung BDS, MDS
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. In our practice the types of sedation used are nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a general anaesthetic. If your child is anxious, very young or needs extensive complex dental treatment, treatment under general anaesthetic may be considered. The general anaesthetic will be administered by a trained specialist paediatric anaesthetist at a day surgery unit.
Some of the questions that need to be asked prior to deciding the best management option for your child include:
- How old is your child?
- What was their previous dental history?
- Is complex treatment required?
- How long can they sit still in the chair?
- How long can they keep their mouth open?
- Will they be able to tolerate local anaesthetic?
- Do they have a strong gag reflex?
- How many teeth need treatment?
- Which option allows for the highest standard of treatment?
A general anaesthetic allows all treatment and x-rays to be completed in one appointment, where 4-5 appointments with local anaesthetic/ nitrous oxide may be required in the dental surgery. This will minimise your child having a negative experience and developing dental phobias.
Many adults that are anxious about dental treatment usually have had a negative childhood experience. Children have a lifetime of dental visits to come!