Children who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. Several medications have a significant calming effect. When choosing a medication, the dentist will consider your child’s anxiety level, his or her ability to cooperate and the treatment required.
With oral sedation, your child may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and can respond to simple commands. Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medications.
Before a visit in which your child is to receive oral sedation, you should receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after treatment. You may need to carry your child home after sedation. Your dentist should also discuss how your child will be monitored while he/she is sedated. You will need to stay for a short time after dental treatment has been completed so your child can be observed for full recovery and possible complications.