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Edgewater NJ Sedation Dentistry for Children


Does your child need oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ?

Does your child need oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ?

Our pediatric dentists are licensed and extremely experienced in oral sedation dentistry, or sedative medicines given by mouth.

Oral sedation may be a good option for children who have a high level of anxiety. A child’s fear about dental treatment may lead to behavior management problems, and it can be a barrier to their successful dental treatment. In these cases, oral sedation can relieve a child’s anxiety, help increase their cooperation, and make their dental experience more comfortable. Our dentists may also recommend oral sedation for children who are too young to cope in a cooperative fashion, for patients with special needs, or for children who require extensive dental treatment.

With oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, your child should be relaxed and drowsy, but conscious enough to respond to simple questions and instructions. You will need to stay for a short time after your child’s dental treatment, and you may need to carry your child home after sedation. Your pediatric dentist will discuss with you how your child will be monitored. You can rest assured that the Edgewater Dentistry team will make sure your child’s recovery is complete, and that they will look out for any problems.

Following are answers to some of the most common questions regarding oral sedation dentistry.

Q: Who should be orally sedated for dental treatment?

 Oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ is a good option for children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills, and for some children with special needs. However, there is NO GUARANTEE that the sedation will be effective for your child. Some children will sleep throughout the procedure, others may take a long time to relax and then fall asleep, and others may be combative the entire time. Every child is different. Please note, the fee is non-refundable, should the oral sedation be ineffective and you choose to end the treatment treatment.

Q: Why utilize oral sedation dentistry NJ?

 Sedation is used for a child's safety and comfort during dental procedures. It allows the child to cope better with dental treatment, and it helps prevent injury to the child from uncontrolled or undesirable movements. Sedation promotes a better environment for providing dental care, and it lengthens the attention span of the child to minimize the amount of visits. Most full mouth rehabilitation can be completed in 1 to 2 sedation visits.

Q: What medications are used for oral sedation?

 Various medications can be used to sedate a child. Medicines will be selected based upon your child's overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations. For very young patients undergoing oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, we prefer to use a Demerol/Vistaril combination, because Demerol has a reversal agent in case of an emergency. For the older anxious patient, we use Halcion.

Q: Is oral sedation safe?

 Sedation can be used safely and effectively when administered by a pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To reduce the risk of respiratory depression, we carefully monitor your child’s oxygen intake with a pulse oximeter and precordial stethoscope. For your child’s safety, we also ensure two dental assistants are always present when your child has been orally sedated.

Q: What special instructions should I follow before my child’s oral sedation dentistry?

Children tolerate procedures best when their parents understand what to expect and prepare them for the experience. If you have any questions about the sedation process, please ask. As you become more confident, so will your child. Should your child become ill, contact your pediatric dentist to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment. Tell your pediatric dentist about any prescribed, over the counter, or herbal medications your child is taking, and check whether any medications should be taken the day of the sedation. Your pediatric dentist will provide additional instructions before your sedation visit, which you should follow carefully.

Q: What special instructions should I follow after my child’s appointment?

Your pediatric dentist will evaluate your child and discharge him or her when they are responsive, stable, and ready to go. Children recover from effects of sedatives at different rates, so be prepared to remain at the office until the after-effects are minimal. Once home, your child must remain under adult supervision until fully recovered from the effects of the sedation. Your pediatric dentist will discuss specific post-sedation instructions with you, including appropriate diet and physical activity.

At Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry, we know that all children are not alike, and we use our specialty training to find the sedation methods that are right for your child. Our mission is to ensure that every child and their family receives respect, support, and the finest dental care in a safe and nurturing environment.

To discuss whether oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ is right for your child, please call us at (201) 313-5437 today.