Some children that are very young, special needs patients or children with a high level of anxiety about dental treatment may benefit from a medication to sedate them for their dental treatment. The nature of dental treatments requires the patient to be cooperative to prevent injury and allow for high quality dental procedures to be carried out.
A sedative medication causes a child to be relaxed and drowsy BUT IS NOT A GENERAL ANESTHETIC, THUS THE CHILD IS NOT PUT “TO SLEEP”. There are various medications that can be used safely and effectively under the supervision of the doctor. Your pediatric dentist will ask about any and all medications your child takes and will review their health history extensively to determine the best treatment options for your child. Make sure you follow the direction of your pediatric dentist carefully; they have special training in sedation dentistry for children and will make the experience as comfortable as possible.