Dr. Da Fonseca and her team do their best to make your child feels relaxed and at ease, but sometimes, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. There are different options Dr. Da Fonseca may suggest that are available if it appears cooperation or safety is an issue. Children who benefit from sedation dentistry may have:
- A very young age
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
- A short attention span
- Extensive dental work that needs to be completed
- Special healthcare conditions that may challenge dental care.
Intravenous Sedation (IV) is recommended for extremely apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well using other sedation options. This is performed in our office. IV sedation offers a less traumatic experience for your child and helps them to maintain a positive attitude towards their oral health. Your child will be “asleep” while the dentist is able to complete all of the necessary dental procedures in one visit. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, and swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.
Dr. Fon works with a board-certified dentist anesthesiologist with specialized training using various medications to safely put a child patient to sleep, monitor, and avoid a traumatizing event. This also avoids repeat appointments since all the dental treatment is complete in one visit, and parents have the comfort of being in a relaxed setting. Dr. Fon will review the benefits and risks of IV Sedation and why it is recommended for your child.