Although many parents think that dentists use special anesthetics for children, this is not the case.
The explanation is provided by our dentist, MDDr. Zdeněk William Pelc: “There is no such thing as child anesthetics. We provide analgosedation here at Canadian Medical Care. It is a combination of two substances: one to ease pain and then one which calms the child and causes post-procedure amnesia, or rather that the child remembers nothing. Usage of this substance is especially suitable when the child is very much afraid.”
Analgosedation is a state induced by a combination of analgesics (pain killers) with sedatives (calming substances). While complete anesthesia means that the patient is completely asleep, analgosedation causes numbness and the brain is not aware of any pain. The goal of analgosedation is therefore to ease the pain and calm the patient, further relaxing the muscles. In comparison with full anesthesia, analgosedation presents a much smaller strain on the organism and lowers any possible complications. In Canadian Medical Care, we use a very safe substance called Midazolam coupled with substances to ease pain. Thanks to the mix, fear and anxiety fade away and the patient spends the procedure in calm slumber (sometimes even falling asleep).
Analgosedation has two forms; peroral (mouth) or intravenous (veins). With application through the vein, the effects are immediate while they are much slower when applied through the mouth – the child will not fall asleep. Parents tend to be afraid of intravenous application, but the worries are not warranted according to experts; application is not harmful and the substance is virtually the same as when applied through the mouth.