Conscious Sedation Methods Used by Dentists

Most kids become uneasy when they go to the dentist's office. We can't really blame them, though, with all they've heard from friends or seen on TV and in movies. Nevertheless, dentists put up with all that anxiety. After all, it's their job. So what do they do to keep kids at ease? Simply, they use sedation techniques to keep kids sitting still long enough for the procedure to be done.

In conscious sedation, the dentist may give a medicine to relax the child. With this method, the child remains conscious and is able to respond to the dentist. There are various ways of doing this. The most commonly used method to induce sedation is to give the child a pill. Other methods involve giving injected or intravenous sedatives. Also, there's one method that leaves the kids laughing.

Colloquially known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is often used to ease the fears of nervous children. This way, they receive dental treatment in a safe and comfortable manner. Here, laughing gas is delivered through a gas mask, which the child will be asked to breathe through.

If the laughing gas doesn't work, medicines are orally given to level the child's anxiety. Though he or she may become sleepy, the child can still respond to the dentist's commands.

If the dentist needs the child to be asleep during a dental procedure, he or she may induce unconsciousness by giving general anesthesia. Here, the child won't feel any pain and will sleep during the entire dental procedure.

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