Who Is a Good Candidate for Children’s Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation can be an excellent choice for helping many children have an easier time at the dentist, including those who:
- Have acute situational anxiety
- Have special needs
- Experience more significant sensory reactions to the dentist’s office than average.
- Have you had a bad experience with a dentist in the past that has resulted in lingering memories that resurface with each appointment
Most children over age three can safely receive some form of sedation. Your child’s age, size, overall health, and known medical problems are important considerations when determining whether they are a good candidate for a particular type of sedation.
Although sedation is not necessarily an appropriate choice for every child that is experiencing a normal amount of nerves, and many of these children are capable of working through their fear and boosting their confidence without this intervention, it can be a helpful choice for those that experience an unusually distressing level of anxiety.