Children who are very young or who have a high level of anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between your child and the dentist. It involves placing a mask over your child’s nose from which they breathE during the entire procedure. Once, the procedure is completed, 100% oxygen begins to flow through the mask. There is no post-operative recovery time and your child will not feel as if they had any sedation.
Deep sedation is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment. In the event that your child requires a more complex form of sedation, we have multiple sites where we can refer you for oral sedation or IV sedation. This will be discussed with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
For more advanced sedation, general anesthesia is also an option. Dr. Leona Kotlyar has privileges in Northwell Hospital, Staten Island New York.
Sedation dentistry is most helpful for:
- Children who require major treatment
- A very anxious child
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or have special needs