Sedation Series #6: The Biggest Myths About Dental Sedation

We’re continuing our sedation series by addressing some common concerns many parents have about sedation dentistry. It is perfectly normal to be wary of sedation and to have questions, especially if your dentist recommends a strong sedation option such as deep sedation.

Below, let’s take a look at 5 myths about dental sedation, and the truth about them!

1. It's Dangerous for Children

There are risks with any type of sedation, just as there are risks with all medicines and procedures. This is one of the biggest concerns parents have, and for good reason. The type of sedation chosen for any patient, child or otherwise, is done based on the patient’s specific medical history to see if they are a good candidate for a type of sedation.

While nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is generally considered safe for all ages, other types of sedation that do present certain risks will be administered and monitored by a trained specialist.

2. Sedation Leaves Long-Term Side Effects

There is no clinical evidence that any form of sedation leaves children or adults with long-term side effects. Shortly after sedation some patients might feel a bit groggy, disoriented, or experience mild headaches, but these symptoms go away completely once the sedation fully wears off.

3. It's Only Safe for Adults

The right sedation can be perfectly safe for children, just as with adults. The most common sedation given to children is laughing gas, specifically because it is mild, and often considered the safest choice. However, other forms of sedation can be just as safe for children when closed while taking into account the child’s medical history.

4. It's Only for Complex and Pong Procedures

It’s true that sedation is often recommended when the child needs to undergo a long dental procedure, but this is not always the case. Some children with disabilities may find it difficult to sit still in the chair even for just half an hour, which means they cannot get the dental care they need. 

The same can be said for children with dental anxiety, who are fearful of the dentist and cannot remain relaxed during the procedure. Sedation is generally used as a way to help the child remain comfortable while getting the dental attention they need.

5. It's the Easy Way Out

Many parents ask about sedation alternatives, to avoid taking their child through this process. However, you should know that a pediatric dentist will never recommend sedation unless it is truly necessary for the child. If there are easier procedures or safer alternatives, the dentist will recommend them instead.

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Dr. Yonatan Ahdut (Dr. Yoni) & Dr. Geoffrey Bean (Dr. Bean) are here to make sure your child’s dental health needs are met and that their parents have peace of mind regarding all recommended procedures.

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