A pediatric dentist's biggest goal is to help your child feel comfortable during treatment. It's also vital that the treatment be thorough. Unfortunately, there will be certain situations where a child cannot complete their dental care needs under routine dental settings. Circumstances include dental phobia or anxiety, medically-compromised or -challenged children—or the child can simply be too young to cooperate for extensive restoration (for example: an infant with bottle-induced cavities). It's for these situations that sedation is used to complete treatment effectively.
IV sedation is commonly referred to as "sleep dentistry--" it will be as if your child fell asleep, and they won't remember the procedure. A specific set of drugs are administered via IV for the duration of the procedure or procedures, and your child will be carefully monitored to ensure their safety.
If you feel that IV sedation is the best option for your child, set up a consultation today! We are happy to answer any of your questions.