Sedating kids for dental procedures

He struggled and screamed and then eventually settled down.

After the visit, he was upset with me for allowing this to happen him. old son has 8 cavities the pedi dentist say may be due to nursing at night.

The usual no food after midnight and then recovery time.

In recent years, sedation techniques have greatly improved and risks have gone down significantly, Dr. If your child needs to be sedated, he recommends you consider the following: • Is the dentist certified in pediatric dentistry?

If your child has an issue that requires deep sedation or general anesthesia, a dentist with advanced training in pediatrics is recommended. If a child needs deep sedation or anesthesia, a professional trained in pediatric anesthesiology is recommended.

Raj Vij, administrative director of pediatric dentistry at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Around the country in recent years, troubling cases have come to light where children were harmed or died after being sedated for dental procedures. Vij emphasized that sedation is very safe, provided safety and monitoring guidelines are followed.

If tooth decay is ignored, even baby teeth can lead to severe infection of the tooth and gums, and tooth loss.

Infection not only causes pain, it affects quality of life and can lead to serious problems and hospitalization.

The problem is that the dentist says he is too young for the gas because he can't keep the mask on.

So the options are strapping him down without sedation which seems cruel or general anesthesia which scares me immensely! Thank you I have a special needs son and we have done both.

We stopped this because the dentist felt at 4 times a year, it really wasn't a viable option for us.

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