A dentist may recommend sedation for your child's dental treatment due to:
Sedating a child for dental treatment allows the child to be treated in a less anxious state. Children usually do not remember the details for the procedures which can help them to come back for further treatments and also to avoid the fear factor that can lead to dental phobias in adults.
Children may receive dental treatment under various levels of sedation up to general anesthesia. Sedation provides a stress-free experience for the child and enables the dental team to deliver care safely and efficiently.
Very young children may require treatment in hospital. Speak to your dentist about your child's needs.
Dentists are required to meet specific requirements for the safe use of sedation in children including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Guidelines for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients During and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures, as well as College of Dental Surgeons of BC Minimal and Moderate Sedation services in Dentistry (Non-Hospital Facilities) Standards.
Review a list of frequently asked questions on sedation and general anesthesia.
Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.
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A series of common questions on dental care and treatment.