Sedation Dentistry in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell, GA
At Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry we are able to provide sedation means to help your child complete their dental treatment needs.
There are two different sedation options offered at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry:
- Conscious Oral Sedation
- General Anesthesia
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How Do I Know if Sedation is Right for My Child
Sedation dentistry may be needed if your child requires a lot of dental treatment, has special needs, or may have dental anxiety and as a result may be unable to sit still long enough to receive treatment. Dr. Nanna will help you and your family decide which sedation route may be the best option to treat your child.
Factors to consider typically include:
- Anxiety level
- Ability to cooperate
- Required amount of treatment
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is the lighter sedation route, and is typically used on children who are mildly anxious, able to somewhat sit still, and need only minimal treatment. With oral conscious sedation, your child will most likely still be awake during the procedure, but they may feel sleepy, and can be aroused and respond to commands. At the dental appointment, before the start of the procedure, your Alpharetta pediatric dentist will give your child a liquid medicine or tablet to help your child feel more relaxed.
The objective of oral conscious sedation is not to put your child to sleep, but to decrease anxiety, reduce movement and reaction, and enhance patient cooperation, in a pain-free setting. In many cases, children do not remember the procedure because of the amnesia affect of the oral medication.
General anesthesia is the deeper sedation route, and is typically used on children who are very anxious, unable to sit still enough to perform the dentistry safely, needs a lot of dental work or has a disability that limits their ability to understand directions and be treated safely.
With general anesthesia your child will be unconscious during treatment, meaning they will be put to sleep. Therefore, your child will be unaware of the dental treatment that is being performed in their mouth. With this sedation route, it helps create an environment where treatment is completed under a safe, pain-free, and non-traumatizing setting.
A pediatric anesthesiologist performs the general anesthesia. This kind of anesthesia is the same kind of sedation that is used for the removal of tonsils or placement of ear tubes. Dr. Nanna Ariaban will discuss whether your child is a candidate for in-house anesthesia and for children who are treated in the office setting; they will go home the same day.
It is important to note that with both sedation options, your child’s vital signs will be monitored throughout their treatment (heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen level).
With either sedation option, your child cannot eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. Dr. Nanna will discuss what to expect during the treatment and at home. She also recommends dressing your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Legally we require at least one legal guardian and one additional adult to be present at the appointment. In order to discuss which option is best for your and your child please give our office a call to make an appointment.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry in Alpharetta means that a patient may be unable to remain still during minor procedures and requires some form of sedation to allow the dentist to work without endangering the rest of the dental structures. It also means that a dental procedure requires some form of anesthesia to ensure that the area requiring treatment is numb and can be worked on without inflicting pain on the patient.
What sedation is used for dentistry?
Sedation dentistry in John’s Creek may be started with the administration of liquid medicine or tablets that reduce anxiety levels and enhances patient cooperation. General anesthesia may also be used for more invasive procedures that require the presence of a certified pediatric anesthesiologist.
Is Sedation Dentistry Painful?
The goal of sedation dentistry in Roswell is to eliminate the pain factor from the procedures. You will not be feeling any pain if sedation is necessary, and most patients cannot even remember the procedure being done.
How long does dental sedation last?
If sedation dentistry in John’s Creek is necessary the team will make sure to only administer as much sedative as is needed. Generally, the sedatives will wear off 30 minutes after the team stops administering it, but it’s safe to say that you can wait up until 24 hours for the full effects to disappear.
How much does sedation dentistry cost?
The cost of sedation dentistry in Roswell will change primarily because of the method being used. IV sedation will usually be more expensive than using gas like Nitrous oxide. Consult with the team to better approximate the cost of your procedure depending on the sedation method needed.