Oral Sedation

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

Oral sedation is an effective way to manage anxiety during dental procedures if your child’s not a good candidate for nitrous oxide. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, and orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offer oral sedation to help fearful children relax so they can comfortably get the care they need. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment now.

Oral Sedation Q & A

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is one of the options for anxious children having dental procedures. In oral sedation, your child takes a tablet or syrup orally before their procedure. Dr. Watts determines the dosage based on your child’s age and weight. Usually, the sedative starts working within around 20 minutes.

Oral sedation generally makes children drowsy but doesn’t make them fall completely asleep. Your child can respond to questions during the procedure. Dr. Watts monitors your child’s oxygen level, heart rate, and blood pressure throughout their procedure to ensure their safety.

When is oral sedation a better choice than nitrous oxide?

Pediatric Dental Professionals offers both nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Nitrous oxide sedation, in which your child breathes in gas, gives almost immediate relaxation and is quite effective for many situations. 

Nitrous oxide is a good choice for children who need mild sedation, but it might not offer enough sedation if your child is very anxious, or in situations where your child needs to stay still for very long dental procedures. In those situations, oral sedation (or, in rare cases, general anesthesia in a hospital setting) can be a better choice. Dr. Watts can evaluate your child’s individual needs to determine which sedation is best.

Does oral sedation stop pain?

Oral sedation works primarily to relax your child. To prevent pain, Dr. Watts injects a local anesthetic in your child’s mouth once they’re relaxed from the oral sedative. With this combination, your child’s procedure can be painless and stress-free.

How should I prepare my child for oral sedation?

Before your child’s appointment, a member of the Pediatric Dental Professionals team tells you how to prepare. Usually, the main thing to remember is stopping food and drink at least six hours before your child’s appointment. Many parents find it best to schedule their child’s appointment early in the day because of this. 

How long does it take for the oral sedative to wear off?

It depends on the oral sedative used, but in general, sedatives can last anywhere from a few hours up to around six hours after the dental procedure. Your child might want to nap for a few hours, which is normal. Dr. Watts tells you what to expect. 

To learn how oral sedation can help your child have a safe and comfortable dental experience, book online or by calling Pediatric Dental Professionals now.