Four Do’s And Don’ts for Parents Making Decisions about Dental Sedation


There are so many things to consider when it’s time for your child to visit the dentist. One decision that you and your child’s dentist will have to tackle is whether or not your child should use sedation options, especially if they need more advanced treatment. Here are four things you need to keep in mind when deciding how to approach your child’s oral health care.

Dental Sedation

Don’t rush or make an uninformed decision

Sedating a child can be a scary thing, especially if you don’t completely understand what the process involves. Your dentist should help you better understand sedation before you book your child’s appointment so that you can make the right decision about the next steps. You should feel able to ask any questions you might have, and express any concerns. Do your own research, or seek a second opinion if you’re still not sure after a consultation with your child’s dentist.

Understand the sedation options available

Take the time to speak to your child’s dentist and understand the sedation options that are available. The main types of sedation are nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general anesthetic. These services may be available to you depending on your child’s level of anxiety about visiting the dentist or about the procedure itself.

Don’t assume your child will react to sedation a certain way

As with most things, children respond differently to different kinds of sedation. One child could relax and fall asleep after being sedated, while another could have little to no reaction. If your dentist finds that negative results follow sedating your child, they will be able to help you find an alternative to the attempted method. That could be increasing the dose, using another sedation method, or choosing general anesthesia.

Cancel your appointment if your child is sick

It’s very important that your child be completely well before a visit to the dentist that involves sedation. If something changes about your child’s overall health, if they recently had an illness, or suffered from a cough, let your dentist know about these kinds of things as soon as possible, and your dentist might recommend rescheduling your appointment. Aside from being safer for your child, when they go into an appointment at peak health, it means that they’ll also be more relaxed and comfortable.

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