SEDATION : The dentist wants to sedate my toddler. Is that safe?

You mentioned that you had some concerns about your 2 year old little boy's teeth, you took him to the dentist, and they mentioned some sort of sedation in the future to clean off the tartar and check for any cavities or other problems that might need to be addressed.

And you're wondering if that's a normal thing.

If a child can go to the dentist and have their teeth cleaned without sedation, then that's best, but some kids just totally freak out, and it's not even possible to look in their mouths without a little bit of sedation.

So a lot of dentists will recommend some gas, and that doesn't put the child to sleep, it just helps them feel okay with whatever is happening, it just makes them more relaxed with it.

Every once in a while, deeper sedations are used in a dentist's office, but I do recommend talking with your dentist about their intentions, and ask them the questions that you have.

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Generally speaking, there are a few things you want to consider if your child is going to receive sedation in a dentist's office.

Number 1, you want to make sure that the person who is administering it is well-trained, they're certified, they know about pediatric dosage, there's going to be monitoring during and after the procedure, they've spent some time talking with you about your child's health history, and that your child doesn't have any risk factors that might increase the chances of having complications during sedation.

It's also a good idea for this person to check out your child's airway and make sure there aren't any obstructions, like tonsils or something like that.

And it's also good for enough personnel to be available in case an emergent situation arose. It wouldn't be a bad idea to ask the dentist about what their procedures and protocols are if something happens.

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