Children are commonly fearful of going to the dentist even before they arrive at the office. Sedation dentistry may be recommended by Dr. Ramsey to help reduce a child's anxiety.
Mild to moderate sedation dentistry allows your child to stay awake, while deeply relaxed, during the procedure. This means he or she will still be able to follow direction from the dentist, and it will put the child at ease during the appointment. Due to the length and complexity of some procedures, Dr. Ramsey may suggest the use of sedatives even if the patient is not uneasy.
Sedatives can be administered using a variety of methods:
- Inhalation - Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas"
- Oral medications
Different sedatives and routes of administration produce different levels of sedation. Dr. Ramsey is thoroughly trained to determine the best level of sedation for a fearful child. Dr. Ramsey herself administers light to moderate sedation - nitrous oxide and oral sedatives. Dr. Ramsey's two priorities during procedures that require sedation are your child's safety and comfort. The My Kidz Dental team is fully trained and very experienced in monitoring patients and recognizing issues after the administration of medications.
When deeper levels of sedation are necessary, there are two options. The first is treatment in our office with IV anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist. If your child needs treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center setting, Dr. Ramsey has several trusted facilities to which she can refer. With both IV and general anesthesia the patient is asleep for all dental procedures.
Dr. Ramsey understands that two no children are alike. My Kidz Dental works hard to accomodate the needs of children from the most calm to the most fearful. If your child refuses to go to the dentist because he or she is afraid, contact Dr. Ramsey and her team today!