We just found out that my young daughter needs several large fillings done and possibly a crown. We’ve always gone to a pediatric dentist and we love how they go out of their way to make our kids feel safe and comfortable. I’m confused because he is suggesting that we bring Hannah back 3 or 4 times in order to get all the work done. I assumed they would just sedate her and get it all done at once… wouldn’t that be easier on everyone? — Meredith
There’s no doubt that young children can benefit from sedation – especially if they are faced with extensive dental work. Although there are several types of sedation available, the main advantage is that it relaxes and calms patients without actually putting them in a sound sleep.
It can be a great option for kids who have severe dental anxiety or who have special needs. A dentist may even prescribe it if a child tends to be a wiggle worm in the dental chair and can’t sit still for long periods of time.
But, it’s important to remember that pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with young and often fearful patients and they do so every day. That’s why they don’t sedate every child that requires treatment or has a large treatment plan. The goal of any dentist is to treat their patients in the safest manner possible, and no matter how safe a medication is, there are still risks of reactions and side effects so you should know what to expect.
And while sedating your daughter may be more convenient and save you from bringing her back for multiple appointments, your dentist has likely determined it’s simply not the best option for her. Good luck!