Sedating kids for dental procedures

Of course, the public has to be educated and informed about possible risks and complications with children. But, if a child is not monitored and the dental office is not trained in advanced life support techniques, this could turn into a life and death situation very quickly.In situations of local anesthetic overdose, with proper airway management and ventilation, a local anesthetic-induced seizure often ceases in less than one minute.1 Dental anesthesia is commonly used in dental practices around the world.Occasionally a child's behavior requires assertive management to protect him or her from possible injury.

The majority of the time when non-pharmacological methods are not successful, all that is needed is some laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide).

Conscious sedation may be used when a child requires a lot of dental treatment or has special needs.

Your dentist can recommend which type of conscious sedation may be best for your child.

General anesthesia by contrast is the total loss of consciousness, and is therefore not considered conscious sedation.

Conscious sedation can achieve a minimal, moderate, or even deep suppression of consciousness — after which the child will remember nothing about the procedure.

Local anesthesia is the temporary loss of sensation or pain in one part of the body produced by a topically applied or injected agent without depressing the level of consciousness.2 Most of the dental anesthesia used on a daily basis is considered to be in the local anesthesia category.

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