Sedating children dental work
Individuals with autism vary widely in how they respond to conscious sedation. So it’s important to carefully screen patients to rule out respiratory problems, evaluate tonsil size and look for other medical contraindications.If you and your son’s dentist are considering conscious sedation, I recommend having a physician perform a medical exam prior to the dental visit.
General Anesthesia: General anesthesia, which involves loss of consciousness, is a last choice for those who don’t respond to the above options.
This can be as simple as having a parent, caregiver or dental assistant hold the patient’s hands.
If this isn’t enough, we might use a wrapping device made from soft cloth to help stabilize the patient’s arms and legs.
Before dental professionals administer sedation, most states require that they complete advanced training and licensing.
So ask about your dentist’s qualifications and credentials.
You want to ensure that your son is a good candidate.