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Is IV Sedation Safe for Kids? Milton, GA
Pediatric Dentist Milton GA

Contrary to popular belief, getting IV sedation at the dentist does not mean you will be “put to sleep.” It is not general anesthesia. IV sedation is simple and safe for both children and adults. It involves receiving sedative medication intravenously. At any time, your medication can be adjusted to your level of comfort and need. IV sedation can be considered for young patients who need more help relaxing than what nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can provide.

Who can benefit from IV sedation?

Not every child qualifies for IV sedation, but most can take advantage of this effective, gentle and safe form of sedation dentistry. We like to screen each patient for candidacy based on factors such as past dental experiences, the child’s temperament and cooperation level, dental trauma, medical history and proposed dental work that needs to be done. If you are concerned that your child may not want to return to the dentist after a certain procedure or dental visit, IV sedation can be an excellent solution.

In general, IV sedation is ideal for the following children:

  • Very young children who cannot sit still
  • Special needs children
  • Children with a severe gag reflex
  • Children who are very anxious or fearful about the dentist

What procedures can be done under IV sedation?

You don’t have to have a lengthy or complex dental procedure scheduled to undergo IV sedation. Depending on your child’s needs and level of concern, the following can be completed under IV sedation:

  • Diagnostic services – X-rays, intraoral imaging, and comprehensive examinations
  • Preventive services – Cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants
  • Restorative treatment – Fillings, crowns, root canal therapy
  • Oral surgery – Extractions, wisdom teeth removal
  • Minor orthodontic treatment – Space maintainers, orthodontic appliances
  • Laser gum surgery – Frenectomies, tongue-tie release, and gingivectomies

The Way We Do IV Sedation

At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we specialize in helping children relax at the dentist. Dr. Chong elects to have a board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist administer the IV sedation while he is treating your child. Having both doctors looking after your child provides the optimal environment of safety and comfort and delivery of the highest-quality dental care.

To learn more about IV sedation for your child, please call our Milton office today.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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