Dental Sedation Options for Children

Posted Apr 10th, 2019

Our Edmonton dentists recommend different types of dental sedation for children who experience extreme fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, or who have special needs that would otherwise make undergoing dental health care difficult or impossible.


The idea of giving sedative drugs to children can make parents feel uneasy, especially when it comes to dental care. Parents often ask us if it’s worth it for a simple dental treatment.

Sedation and anesthesia should be taken very seriously. However, these procedures are safe for a child when done by experienced and trained medical professionals.

Moreover, sedatives play a key role in providing children with necessary and critical dental healthcare.

Benefits of Dental Sedation for Children

A visit to the Dentist can be an extremely stressful and scary time for children. Sedation is of great value when it comes to treating these anxious little ones without causing further distress and in giving them a positive dentistry experience.

What Sedation Options Are There?

The team at Azarko Dental Group uses 3 primary forms of sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is a sedative given to patients by mixing it with Oxygen. It helps calm patients down if they are feeling anxious, nervous or afraid. It’s important for parents to know that the use of Nitrous Oxide does not impair a patient’s reflexes and does not make them unconscious.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation can be achieved with a variety of medications. At Azarko Dental Group, we recommend the most appropriate oral conscious sedation option for your child, and always answer any questions you may have about it.

While oral conscious sedation doesn't usually make a patient unconscious, it can make them drowsy enough to sleep during the procedure. Many patients do not have any memory of their dental procedure after the effect of the sedation wears off.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia is used to make a patient unconscious. Anesthesia is usually recommended for patients with limited comprehension, serious behavioural challenges and/or with high sensitivity to pain.

Our team of dental professionals has extensive training to administer any form of sedation. Their priority is to offer quality dental care for your children with utmost safety and comfort, always.

If you have questions about sedation dentistry options for children in Edmonton, please get in touch with our team. Our dentists will be happy to discuss all your options with you.