Sedation Dentistry – Marietta, GA
Easing Your Child’s Dental Anxiety
Perhaps your child gets nervous around dentists. That’s normal enough – studies show roughly 10% of children have dental phobias. However, you wouldn’t want this fear to affect a kid’s oral health. Their teeth and gums would suffer in that case, leading to various long-term problems. Luckily, there’s a solution to such anxiety: sedation dentistry in Marietta. This service from Woodland Pediatric Dentistry keeps children calm for treatment. To learn more about it, just keep reading or
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Typically, dentists use it for kids with mild dental anxieties who only need a little help relaxing.
Per its name, this sedation has patients inhale nitrous oxide (i.e., “laughing gas”) through a nose mask. It causes feelings of calm and mild euphoria shortly after inhalation starts. However, the gas will leave your child alert enough to respond to dentist instructions.
A major benefit of nitrous oxide is its short duration. Once your child stops breathing it, the gas effects fade quickly. Consequently, kids who receive it can resume normal activities right after treatment.
IV sedation is used on children who have high anxiety, can’t tolerate dental procedures, or need extensive treatment. This option is fast-acting, non-traumatizing and makes patients fall asleep, so your child won’t remember the dental treatment. Our Anesthesia team further ensures safety by monitoring your child’s vitals during the procedure and post operatively.
For more information about sedation-assisted treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Sheh Vahid to discuss if this is an appropriate option for your child.
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Is My Child a Good Candidate for IV Sedation?
In order to see if your child qualifies for IV sedation, please
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Barring these concerns, a child may benefit from sedation if they have any of the following:
Mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety that interferes with dental care
Difficulty sitting in chairs for extended periods
A fear of needles
An overactive gag reflex
Past traumatic dental experiences
Extensive procedures requiring multiple appointments