Sunday, February 16, 2014

No Pain, Big Gains: IV Sedation or Sleep Dentistry Gets Kids’ Nod

Even with the nightly rituals of brushing teeth, some toddlers just aren’t blessed with teeth that grow into strongholds that fight decay. Three-year old Gretchen LeBlanc already needed her teeth capped to prevent abscess, and her mother, Liz, knew she had to make the child relaxed enough at the dental chair so she could take home something positive about the experience. Liz was anxious, but open about the treatment plan that would include IV sedation.

IV sedation in dental practice—also called sleep dentistry in Kelowna, B.C., or Intravenous Conscious Sedation, uses an anti-anxiety sedative drug to induce deep sedation, but not sleep. Parents should be aware that dentists are guided by ground rules for the sedation of children, developed by medical and dental professionals, and recommended by the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Canadian Dental Association and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.

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