Children are not like adults. But their need for dental treatment is greater than that for adults because they have a lifetime ahead of them. There are situations when children need to undergo dental treatment. However, unlike the adults, children are usually too scared or uncooperative to allow the dentist to perform the treatment under local anesthesia. In these cases, non-cooperative and anxious children are given dental treatment under sedation.
The dentist will choose the mildest form of sedation that will suffice. The options are:
Before sedation / anesthesia, the patient will normally be required only have a light meal. In case of general anesthesia, the child needs to be kept under surveillance until he or she recovers her senses and control fully. The patient may also react to food intake.
Speak to your dentist prior to any procedure to make sure all your questions have been answered.