Some children experience anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option to help relax a child’s behavior during dental treatment.
There are three types of sedation that we use at our office if a child is in need of added comfort during dental procedures. If you have any questions about sedation please call us.
Oral sedation is sedation used in medication form. There are a variety of medications available for your child. Should you choose an oral sedative for your child, Dr. Kapust will work with you to determine which medicine is best based on your child’s overall health, level of anxiety and dental treatment recommendations.
We follow the oral sedation guidelines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, ensuring your safety and the effectiveness of the oral sedation medication.
All children are different in how quickly they recover from the use of oral sedation and you will be asked to stay at the office until the affects of sedation are minimal. Dr. Kapust will discuss post-sedation instructions with you.
Nitrous oxide is a very safe way to help your child relax during a dental procedure. Fitting a small mask over your child’s nose, a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen are breathed in normally easing any anxiety your child may feel. After the procedure is finished and mask is removed, nitrous oxide is eliminated from the system by breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.
Nitrous oxide is the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated, has rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. Smelling a faint sweet smell and experiencing a sense of calm or even giddiness while wearing the nitrous oxide mask, your child remains fully conscious, keeps all natural reflexes and is capable of responding to a question or request.
Dr. Kapust will often recommend nitrous oxide for procedure like fillings to help your child settle back and relax.
General anesthesia is available at the office of Dr. Kapust and administered only at the request and permission of you, the parent. If your child needs extensive dental work and tends to be extremely uncooperative, anxious or fearful or is too young to cope in a cooperative way, general anesthesia may be a good option for you.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatments and can only be administered in our office by Dr. Donald Lee an anesthesiologist.
General anesthesia can be safe for children if administered safely and effectively, but there are some risks associated with its use. Dr. Kapust will discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia to help you determine if general anesthesia is right for your child.