Know Your Options | Child Sedation Dentistry Chicago

Child sedation dentistry is a hot topic when it comes to making the best choices for the health of our little ones.

Below are the most common anesthetic options that most pediatric dentists will offer for your child’s procedure.

What Types of Anesthesia Options Are There?

Local Anesthesia

This is the most common option. Local anesthesia works by numbing the treatment area locally with a needle.

General Anesthesia

This option is ideal for children who are unable to cooperate during their procedure due to age or maturity level such as infants or children who are medically compromised.

During general anesthesia your child will be put under completely through an IV line or inhalant.

IV Sedation

Dosage for IV sedation is determined on a case by case basis and the anesthetic and anti-anxiety drugs are administered through an IV line.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas” this anesthetic can be used in conjunction with a local anesthetic. This option is ideal for children who are especially anxious about their procedure.

Your child will typically be aware of their surroundings and be able to remember most of the procedure.

Oral Sedation

Your child will be given a liquid to drink or a pill which perform sedative effects on the child during the procedure.

This typically takes about a half an hour or more to kick in and lasts anywhere from two to six hours.

Child Sedation Dentistry Chicago

Dr. Loretta Smith and her team of dental professionals work hard to provide the best in dental care for your child.

Dr. Smith uses Nitrous Oxide and IV sedation to help your child relax through their entire appointment allowing them to acquire the treatment they need.

To learn more about these treatments or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith call (773)-445-7777.

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