Managing uncooperative children is a difficult task for parents and dentists. When most of the behavioral management strategies fail, sedation can help.
Sedation is not only used for kids but also for adults who fear the dentist's chair or have anxiety relating to dental visits due to previous negative experiences.
In this article, our dental experts at Modesto Kidz Dental in Modesto, California, share insights on the various aspects of oral sedation.
Sedatives can be administered by various routes such as oral, intramuscular, intravenous, and intranasal. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, there are three levels of sedation used in dentistry:
The patient is conscious and will be able to respond normally to verbal commands.
The patient is conscious and responds purposefully to verbal commands or if lightly tapped.
The patient is unconscious and cannot be easily awakened.
Oral sedation is considered in the following scenarios:
A detailed medical and dental history and airway examination will be performed before the procedure.
The patients should not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to being administered oral sedation. For children, the 2-4-6 fasting rule is applied (i.e, 2 hours for clear fluids, 4 hours for breast milk, and 6 hours for solids).
Oral sedatives produce minimum to moderate levels of sedation. A sedative pill or syrup is given to the patient one hour before the procedure.
The sedative will be administered before the dental treatment and may make the patient feel groggy without falling asleep. This effect may last 2-8 hours depending on the dosage and the type of pill.
To learn more about oral sedation, schedule an appointment at Modesto Kidz Dental by calling (209) 578-3131. You can also visit us at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355 to address your or your child’s dental concerns.