Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobias or for patients who find it difficult to sit still or have a special need. Sedation medication is used to calm a patient and is administered orally based on the patient’s weight. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, and extractions often require sedation especially for patient’s under the age of 5 but may vary.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before administering any sedative, your pediatric dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Please be prepared to wait between 1 and 2 hours. Appointment time varies depending on the procedure that your child is scheduled for.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a member of our staff.

Golden Rules of Behavior

West Maple Pediatric Dentistry strives to go the extra mile in providing a service to your child. In return, we simply ask for your cooperation with the following rules to ensure only the best service for your children.

For Sedation Patients Only

  • Whenever possible, we strongly recommend that two adults are present the day of the procedure.
  • Please do not bring other children into the Sedation room to prevent interruption of procedures.
  • A parent’s presence is always welcome but the participation of the parent in the procedure should be limited.  Please do as directed by the doctor and the staff.  We appreciate comments that help build confidence of the child that he/she can do it and will be able to complete the procedure.
  • Please do not leave unattended children in the reception area while you have a child in the sedation room.
  • Please treat your child respectfully.  Allow the doctor to talk about the procedure.  By being truthful, your child’s cooperation can be enhanced.
  • Please do not threaten your child with needles as a way to get them to cooperate; likewise, avoid belittling them by comparing them to another child.
  • Please do not make gender remarks such as “Boys don’t cry!” etc.
  • Honor the natural intelligence of the children and their ability to cope.
  • Parents should not say “it will not hurt” when they don’t know that for a fact.
  • If parents don’t comply with what is being asked of them, they must wait in the reception area.