Sedation Dentistry for Kids – Pickering, ON
Tackling Fears Safely & Effectively
It’s not uncommon for children to feel anxious, fearful, or nervous about visiting the dental office, especially when they’ve had a bad experience in the past. Our team at HiFive Kids Dental does everything we can to help your little one feel comfortable and create positive experiences that will have them excited to return. If your little one suffers from dental anxiety, give us a call to learn more about our sedation options and how we can help.
Oral Conscious Sedation
When Nitrous oxide is not enough, especially for children with severe dental anxiety or young age, oral sedation can come in handy. Oral sedation involves a “juice” drink that is an anxiety relieving medication that will help them be more relaxed and allow us to complete dental treatment. A child will be calm but not asleep during oral sedation and should be able to communicate.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation/Laughing Gas
Anxiety can be real when it comes to dental visits for children or adults. We here at HiFive Kids Dental understand these fears and do our best to make our little patients visits as comfortable and fun as possible! We accomplish this in many ways- toys and books in the front area to help release anxiety about “first” visits and telling/showing the child everything we are going to do in child friendly terms before we do it. We find these techniques really help combat fears and allows the child to become more engaged and excited about their visit! We are a kid’s dental office in Pickering and our office is catered only to children and all their dental needs.
When children need to have fillings or other types of dental work done, the tell-show-do method is very effective, but we may need additional “anxiety-relieving” techniques to help the child cope with the loud sounds and even sensations of our tools. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest methods we use to accomplish this. Historically known as “laughing gas” it can help relieve anxiety for many children during dental treatment. It is a very safe, effective anxiolytic gas that has no long-lasting effects and even helps suppress the gag reflex for the little ones who are prone to gagging. Nitrous oxide will not put your child to sleep- your child will be awake, alert, and able to respond to all verbal communication during treatment. The effects of the gas quickly wear off once the treatment is done and your child can walk and talk happily all the way home!
While nitrous oxide is one option for dental treatment, there are several other ways to complete dental treatment for children. We usually assess a child’s level of anxiety during an exam and will suggest appropriate treatment recommendations for your child. We can discuss all other options with you and help you make an informed decision about the route you feel would work best for your child. If you have any questions or require more information, do not hesitate to contact our kid’s dental office for more details or fill out the form below!