Oral Sedation

Easy Dental Care

Pediatric Dentists & Family Dentists located in Gainesville, VA

If your child has fears or behavioral concerns that can interfere with dental treatments, oral sedation may be the ideal solution. Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD at Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, offers several sedation methods to ensure your child is comfortable and relaxed throughout dental procedures. Call the Easy Dental Care office to learn more about the benefits of oral sedation, or use the online booking system.

Oral Sedation

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is an effective option for keeping your child relaxed during dental procedures. This treatment may be useful if your child can’t tolerate laughing gas or needs a stronger solution to keep them calm.

Your child receives oral medication designed to relax their body and keep them sedated but awake throughout the appointment.


When should I consider oral sedation for my child?

If your child’s apprehension about dental treatments prevent cleanings, fillings, or other important dental work, oral sedation can be an effective solution for keeping them calm.

Oral sedation also allows Dr. Merdad to complete longer or more complex procedures without risking your child’s health and safety. By keeping your child relaxed, he can perform necessary dental work without worrying about your child moving around or interfering with the treatment.


What medications are used in oral sedation?

There are several medications Dr. Merdad offers to relax your child and relieve their anxieties.

The class of drugs most useful in oral sedation include benzodiazepines, which alleviate your child’s anxieties about dental work. Common benzodiazepines include Ativan® (lorazepam) and Xanax® (alprazolam), both fast-acting sedation medications with a short half-life.

Midazolam is also an available sedation medication. This type of drug not only relaxes your child, but it also produces a postoperative amnesia effect, leaving your child with no memory of what happened during treatment.

Another option for pediatric sedation is hydroxyzine, an antihistamine that offers natural sedation effects and is often paired with nitrous oxide or oral sedation medications to effectively sedate your child during dental work. This medication is also effective at preventing nausea, a common side effect of oral sedation medicines.


What can I expect after my child receives oral sedation?

After the dental work is complete, Dr. Merdad monitors your child’s vitals and breathing. He may require that your child remain in the office for a period of time to ensure the sedation has worn off before you can leave.

Your child may be sleepy in the hours after your visit and should go home to rest for the evening. In most cases, kids can return to their usual activities the following day without limitations.

Find out more about the benefits of oral sedation for children by calling the office or by booking a consultation online.