Our team at Busciglio Smiles wants your child to feel at ease when they visit us at our pediatric dental office. One of the ways we help nervous and anxious children who shy away from the dentist chair is through safe and effective sedation dentistry.
Dr. Derek Busciglio has a knack for helping calm frightened children to make them feel at ease at the dentist. If you are looking for pediatric sedation dentistry in Hillsborough County, we are conveniently located in Plant City near Plant City, Florida.
Sedation dentistry is a broad term that refers to the use of numbing agents and anesthesia to help dental patients feel more comfortable during oral health procedures. Adults as well as children benefit from sedation dentistry.
In pediatric dentistry, we use sedation dentistry to lessen any dental anxiety your child may experience at the dentist. While not all children fear the dentist, it’s very common for little ones in particular to have an aversion to getting a dental checkup. Additionally, some children tend to be squirmy, overactive or high-strung, and even if they aren’t afraid per se, sedation dentistry can help relax them so they stay still during the appointment.
If your child has special needs, such as anxiety or phobias, a developmental disability, or any other reason why they might not be able to sit calmly in a dental chair, our staff can help. Our entire team has been educated in providing caring dental services to special needs children. We work to build lasting trust in our child patients so they can leave our office feeling better than they did when they arrived.
Sedation dentistry is an important tool in helping special needs children calm down during a dental exam, treatment, or cleaning.
We offer two types of dental sedation options for kids: local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. (We do not offer general anesthesia for children, which completely “knocks” a person out, as it has risks.)
Local Anesthesia for Kids in Plant City, FL
Technically, local anesthesia is not a sedative, as it does not relax people or make them fall asleep. Local anesthesia is basically a numbing agent that numbs the area of the mouth we are working on. It is usually given via an injection. A numbing gel can be used before the injection, so it is completely painless.
Since some kids might be frightened at the idea of an injection, our staff has become experts at easing kids into the process. And, in some cases, we may be able to use a numbing gel or topical anesthesia instead for certain procedures. Otherwise, we might also recommend nitrous oxide (see below).
Local Anesthesia Is Safe for Kids
Local anesthesia is very helpful during dental procedures because it means your child won’t feel any pain during the process. It is very safe and usually does not come with any side effects. Local anesthesia should wear off pretty quickly.
What is nitrous oxide? Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide (N2O) is an odorless, non-flammable gas that has been used for many decades as a safe sedation option for dentistry. Nitrous oxide does not require any needles or pills and is given via a small breathing mask. Nitrous oxide helps people to feel relaxed and sometimes euphoric while remaining fully conscious.
Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for My Child?
Nitrous oxide is very safe, except for rare occasions of allergies. Additionally, some patients react to it more strongly and may go deeper more quickly or it could take longer to wear off, however, this is not dangerous. We always monitor children closely and never leave them alone while sedated. Oxygen is also administered simultaneously to achieve the right level of sedation for your child.
Side effects of nitrous oxide include:
Signs of allergic reactions include:
Our team is trained to deal with any allergic reactions, which are very rare. The American Dental Association approves of nitrous oxide for children due to its excellent safety record. However, if you have any concerns, please let us know.
Is your child anxious about going to the dentist? Sedation dentistry may help. If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Busciglio is more than happy to talk to you to come up with a dental treatment plan to best help your child.
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