Many children have a phobia or an intense dislike for going to the dentist. Because they usually lack a mature understanding of why dental checkups are important, children’s negative feelings can lead to opposing behavior when it is time to climb into the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry provides a safe and sure way for children to get much-needed dental treatments without it being a traumatic experience.

How Sedation Dentistry Helps Children

Dental sedation is a technique of administering a sedative to help dental patients rest in either a relaxed or sleep state during treatment. For children who have anxiety or dental apprehension, this technique can be critical to helping them receive regular dental care. Sedation dentistry helps children to relax or even sleep through the whole treatment experience. Dental sedation can save children from feeling traumatized about the dentist’s office and can help them develop a healthier, more positive relationship with their dentist. Long-term benefits can include a gradual diminishing of the phobia or anxiety and a healthy willingness to continue visiting the dentist on their own as adults.

Safety With Sedation Dentistry

For children, Dr. Gum uses nitrous oxide dental sedation. Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is completely safe for children. It also wears off quickly and allows patients to feel back to normal right away, making it a more pleasant experience for children. For children who are especially uncooperative and anxious about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry can make their visit even safer than it would be otherwise because it can help them to be calm instead of combative, restless, or disruptive to the examination and treatment process.

Dental Visits With Sedation Dentistry

Young patients who visit Dr. Gum’s dental practice can be given dental sedation with nitrous oxide. A mask placed over the nose delivers the nitrous oxide gas, which children then inhale. This induces a state of relaxation so that the dentist and dental assistants can perform evaluations, cleanings, fillings, or other procedures as needed. After the appointment, nitrous oxide wears off quickly. Instead of leaving the appointment feeling miserable, anxious, or distressed, children will return home feeling like themselves, comfortable, and ready to play.