Advances in sedation drug therapy have enabled many pediatric healthcare providers to treat children and teenagers who would otherwise be too anxious and fearful.Many dental professionals who treat kids are now performing more invasive procedures, such as filling cavities or extracting teeth, in conjunction with conscious sedation.
Minimal (which can progress to moderate) conscious sedation is commonly achieved with medication taken by mouth (orally).
Dear Doctor, My 10-year-old has multiple cavities that need treating, and he’s really anxious despite the best efforts of our dentist.
What can be done to make the necessary treatment as easy as possible for him?
Sedation is used to increase the cooperation of children during treatment.
When behaviour management techniques such as tell-show-do, voice control, non-verbal communication, positive reinforcement, distraction and parental presence are insufficient for dental treatment, sedation or general anesthesia may become necessary.1 Conscious sedation or minimal sedation is part of various techniques that are used by dentists, especially pediatric dentists, alongside behaviour management techniques.