Contrary to popular belief, sedation dentistry does not put patients to sleep. Sedation dentistry is used to alter the patient’s consciousness; they stay awake for the procedure, but they don’t feel any pain or anxiety. Many sedatives can be taken orally, if the child is old enough to swallow a pill, so there isn’t even a needle involved in some forms of sedation dentistry. Dr. Bell has an Oral Conscious Sedation Permit from the state of California. Here is what Dr. Bell would like you to know about sedation dentistry services for kids.
Advantages of Sedation
- No needles for dental procedures
- No pain
- Anxiety is alleviated
- Perfectly safe for patients
- More procedures can be completed in a single visit
Forms of Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a type of gas that has been safely used in dentistry for decades. This is a mild sedative that the child inhales through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide alleviates “dental anxiety” and reduces pain from the procedure being done.
IV Sedation: IV sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide, because the sedative is injected directly into the bloodstream. The effects are also immediate. This type of sedation does involve a needle at the injection site, which is usually in the hand or arm. IV sedation is often used for shorter procedures, and the patient may feel a bit groggy when the sedatives are withdrawn.
Oral Conscious Sedation: The big advantage of oral conscious sedation is that there are no needles at all. The patient takes a pill before a parent brings them to the appointment. The medication will then be topped up before Dr. Bell performs the actual dental procedure. Patients remain awake, but usually don’t remember anything about the procedure once it’s over (including any pain that the body may have felt).
Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective and important option for children who may be anxious about dental visits. Contact Dr. Bell’s office today to learn more about his “Care without Scare” dental practice in Victorville.