You sigh as you see your child walk past you. They are holding their cheek, and it’s obvious they have some kind of toothache. All you want to do is whisk them to the dentist to take care of it, but you know it isn’t that simple. They’re extremely afraid of the dentist, and their last visit involved a lot of crying and yelling. The last thing you want to do is stress them out again, but they obviously need attention. What can you do about it? Your child can now go to the dentist without fear thanks to your dentist in M5R 3K4, Dr. Kevin Dann.
How Sedation Helps
The dentist makes many adults nervous, so you can only imagine what your child experiences. They are in a new environment, and some “stranger” has their hands in their mouths. For especially sensitive children, this can be quite the traumatic experience. Thankfully, modern sedation dentistry is able to help even the most nervous of children be comfortable while getting dental care.
Sedation is helpful in a few key ways. First, it numbs your child to any physical discomfort they might feel during a particular procedure. This is true whether your child is getting a simple cleaning, or even an extraction. This is key, as most children’s primary fear is pain.
Sedation can also help them mentally. While it can’t completely eliminate anxious thoughts, it makes them much more relaxed and manageable. In this calm state, procedures go much quicker, because the child more readily listens to the doctor’s commands. This overall experience will help them establish a positive connection to going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth, which will help make future visits much easier.
Is Sedation Safe For Children?
We use various kinds of sedation at Dentistry Asleep, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. When most people hear “sedation,” they probably think of a hospital. They might be concerned about their child’s safety, “Is it safe for them to take all that medication?”
The short answer is yes. Dr. Dann is a certified Dental Anesthesia Specialist, which means he has the particular expertise in both fields to make sure your child’s comfort and safety are always a top priority. This spectrum of treatments, which range from gently relaxing your child to putting them completely to sleep, allows Dr. Dann to tailor his treatment to each child. The approach he takes with your child’s sedation will depend on their anxiety level, the treatment they need, and their medical history. Each treatment is adjustable and can be changed if needed, so no matter what, your child will be safe at all times, no matter how sedated they are.
It can be hard for you to take your child to get the dental care they need when you know it will be such a difficult experience for them. Thanks to your family dentist in M5R 3K4, that no longer needs to be the case. Both you and Dr. Dann can tell your child, with sincerity, that they will feel no pain during their next visit, and that their well-being is a top priority. You can now get them the dental care that they need without the normal dread. They can come into the office stress-free, and with peace of mind.
If you have any other questions about sedation and how it could help your child, please give us a call or send us a question today.