Sedation Dentistry & Anesthesia
Pediatric Sedation Dentistry and General Anesthesia
At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, it is always our goal to treat children in the least invasive and most comfortable way possible. In some cases, that may mean utilizing the assistance of sedation or general anesthetic to successfully complete treatment.
Children who have an extreme dental phobia, uncontrolled erratic movements, or special needs that limit their understanding and communication capabilities may be candidates for sedation dentistry or general anesthetic.
Dr. Richard Facko has experience in evaluating your child’s needs in such a way that allows us to choose the most conservative option possible for your child. He factors in the benefits and the risks and can give you reliable advice for your child’s treatment.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a very safe method of mild sedation. Inhaled during treatment, it has a fast onset and wears off quickly. Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask placed over your child’s nose. The dose is easily adjusted. Once treatment is complete and the mask is removed, a few breaths will bring your child back to being fully aware.
The sedative effects of nitrous oxide are mild. Your child remains awake, in a dream-like state for treatment. They can communicate and answer questions, if necessary. Your child will feel relaxed and have a reduced awareness of their procedure.
Useful for children with mild anxiety and kids who fidget, nitrous oxide is commonly used for dental treatment in pediatric dentistry across the country.
Sedation dentistry utilizes sedation medication to completely relax your child. Like nitrous oxide, sedation dentistry keeps your child conscious, but relaxed. Some of the benefits of sedation include:
- Complete relaxation
- Pain desensitization
- Limited awareness of the procedure
- Little memory of the procedure
- Increased ability to hold still
Often times, your child may even fall asleep during the procedure. Sedation is generally considered to be safe and extremely effective in pediatric cases. Dr. Facko will review your child’s medical history and the medications your child already takes and will discuss this with you to avoid any allergies or interactions. Your child's safety is always of the utmost importance to us.
In some cases, general anesthesia may be needed in order to provide necessary dental care for your child. Dr. Facko will only recommend general anesthesia when it is truly needed. Your child will be comfortable, remain unconscious throughout treatment, and have no memory later of the procedure.
Very young children, children with a severe dental phobia, and certain patients with developmental conditions may benefit from the use of general anesthesia. It is always our practice to discuss all available options with parents.
We offer general anesthesia in our office and also at the hospital, if necessary, and we will discuss these with you if the situation warrants.
Call for a Consultation
Do you think your child may require sedation or general anesthesia? Call us to schedule a consultation and find out which options are available for your little one. We strive to meet each child’s needs and know that your situation is unique. We look forward to meeting you and your family.