Uses for Sedation
The most common concern we hear when talking about sedation in dentistry is dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, which is quite common for kids. Maybe their first dental experiences were traumatic, or they’re just generally uncomfortable with the whole idea of sitting in the chair and having someone work in their mouth—we can’t blame them. That’s why sedation has been around since the beginning of… well, dentistry—to make the experience more comfortable and tolerable because it IS necessary!
However, sedation can come in handy in many other circumstances aside from fear or anxiety. Maybe you have a child with high pain sensitivity or trouble getting numb with anesthesia. Maybe your child has a small mouth or a physical disability that makes it hard for them to receive dental care. Maybe they need extensive work done or just have trouble sitting still for lengthy appointments! Whatever the reason, rest assured our team is here to make them feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible and we have options for sedation to help take the edge off any visit.
Does your little one suffer from… ?
- General anxiety or fear of the dentist
- Fear of dental tools like the drill
- Fear of needles or blood
- High pain sensitivity
- Small mouth or jaw problems
- Physical disability
- Trouble sitting still
- Bad gag reflex
- Extensive dental problems
Is Sedation Safe for Kids?
Yes! Sedation has been used safely in combination with dentistry for centuries to help both kids and adults get the care they need in a more comfortable way. Dr. Kenny Zamora has received extensive advanced training to be able to provide safe sedation for kids, and we’ve helped many Odenton kiddos receive gentle, fear- and tear-free dental care.
Many folks confuse general anesthesia with sedation, but you should know these are two very different things. General anesthesia is designed to block pain in the entire body, and putting the patient “all the way under” and requiring assisted breathing. Sedation is designed to induce that relaxed, waking dreamy state, and does produce some amnesic effects, but consciousness is maintained throughout.
Click the image above to expand
Sedation is a wonderful option for kids who may otherwise have a tough time receiving dental care and can even eliminate fears of the dentist!
Are You Ready to Smile With Us?
If you have any questions about sedation for kids or you’re ready to schedule a visit with your Odenton pediatric dentists, Drs. Kenny and Sarrah Zamora at Bayside Kids Dental, give us a call today or request an appointment easily online!