Do they put toddlers to sleep for fillings?

Dr. Khuong Nguyen

December 23, 2022

Toddlers to sleep

When you visit a dentist, you might notice that they put toddlers to sleep. This is usually done to give them deep, relaxing sedation, which can help them stay asleep during the procedure. However, some may question whether this is necessary.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a sedative used for various medical and dental procedures. It is not only safe to use, but it’s also very effective.

The best way to determine the appropriate amount of sedation for your child is to discuss it with your dentist. Fortunately, nitrous oxide is very safe and can sedate children of all ages.

Some children may experience side effects, including lightheadedness, tingling in their hands or feet, forgetfulness, and drowsiness. However, most of these are temporary and easily reversible.

You can also help prevent nausea by eating a light meal before the appointment. If your child has a local anesthetic, they should not vomit more than twice in the first hour after the treatment.

Depending on your child’s age, your child might have a short or long recovery period. Most children should be able to return to school or daycare after the treatment.

Nitrous oxide is an excellent option for children nervous about a dental appointment. The gas is mixed with oxygen for safety, and it’s very safe.

It’s also safe for the lungs and heart. It doesn’t affect blood pressure and is easily titrated to the proper levels.

Inhalation sedation

Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation that helps you deal with the stress and anxiety a dental visit brings. Rather than becoming unconscious, patients remain conscious during the procedure and can remember nothing about their dental treatment.

Inhalation sedation can also be an excellent option for children. Children are generally less anxious than adults and will enjoy a relaxing experience.

Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a colorless and tasteless gas mixed with oxygen. This is administered through a soft nasal cannula. A trained anesthesiologist monitors their vital signs when the patient is asleep.

Nitrous oxide is safe and does not cause nausea or vomiting. Some patients may experience a slight tingling or warmth in their bodies. It wears off quickly when the gas is exhaled.

If you are considering inhalation sedation, you should discuss the risks and benefits with your dentist. They will review your medical history and provide the information you need to make an informed decision.

One of the most significant risks is sleep apnea. Having a breathing disorder can increase the risk of complications from anesthesia. Before your appointment, talk to your doctor about your sleep habits and how you can prevent apnea.

Side effects

It is a fact that most children will need some dental filling at some point. Unfortunately, this can be a painful experience. However, there are ways to help your child have a positive experience and get through the procedure.

One of the best ways to do this is to teach your child good oral hygiene. This includes brushing their teeth twice daily, using mouthwash, and flossing when suitable. By doing this, you can prevent cavities before they have a chance to develop.

Another way to make your child feel at ease is to prepare a comfort plan. This plan will help your child cope with any sensitivity that may arise after the procedure.

The most common side effect of a filling is discomfort. If your child is numb, it’s easy to avoid any pain by avoiding foods that are hard or hot. You can also apply a cold compress to the area for fifteen minutes.

Another benefit of filling is that it can help prevent further tooth decay. However, you may notice some sensitivity and redness after the procedure. Your dentist can discuss this with you and recommend a treatment plan.

If your child is getting a dental procedure, be sure to ask about the options for sedation. Nitrous oxide is a safe option and works well to calm children.