1. Why does my child need to
be sedated for dental work? Some children have no problem
sitting through a “regular” dental treatment,
allowing the dentist to complete the treatment without
too much difficulty. For others, sedation is a good
option if the treatment causes the child physical
pain or emotional trauma, or if the treatment cannot
otherwise be completed.
2. How do I know where to go for
dental sedation for my child? The best course of action is
to ask your family dentist. You can alternatively
look for specialists in the field of anesthesia or
pediatric dentistry. They will be able help you or
refer you to the best providers. In Ontario, only
Dental Anesthesia specialists, oral surgeons, and
medical anesthetists can legally provide general anesthesia
3. How do I know if my child is
a candidate for anesthesia for dentistry? The anesthesia provider will
consult with you prior to starting any treatment.
During the consultation, you can ask any questions
you may have and the specialist will review your child’s
dental and medical needs, and history. They can then
determine whether or not your child is a candidate
4. Is sedation safe? The safety of dental anesthesia
for children in Ontario is well established. Deaths
are very, very rare. This is due to the stringent
rules governing who can sedate a child, and frequent
government review of providers skills and facilities.
5. How much will sedation cost? Costs vary depending on dental
needs, as well as the duration and complexity of the
treatment. Your dental specialist should be able to
provide you with that information at the consultation
6. Can children with disabilities
be sedated? During the consultation appointment
your anesthesia provider will review your child’s
medical history and conditions and discuss whether
anesthesia can be provided at the dental office. Be
sure to ask them any questions you may have.
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