Sedation Dentistry Tips – How to Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety About the Dentist
At BRSH+FLSS, our goal is to make every child’s dental experience a good one so that he or she will grow up without a fear of the dentist. However, if your child has had a bad experience at another office or has been scared by family members or kids at school in regards to what happens at the dentist’s office, how can you help reduce your child’s anxiety?
Advancements in Dental Sedation Techniques
When an anxious child thinks of the dentist, he or she is probably envisioning a giant needle coming right for the gums. That’s enough to make most adults want to jump out of the chair and run from the office. So reducing anxiety really comes down to two things:
- Changing perception
- Offering Alternatives
Providing the right level of sedation dentistry begins with knowing the child. Since you know your son or daughter better than we do, we work together to choose the right sedation option. Some kids are fine in the chair as long as they know there is no shot coming. Other kids will need mild sedation just to make it through a cleaning. Being positive about the dentist’s office with your kids can go a long way toward reducing anxiety.
Our highly-trained pediatric dental specialists are ready to administer the proper level of sedation for each patient. That means if a child needs to be under general sedation for an extensive procedure, that option is available.
However, in most cases, only mild sedation is necessary. In fact, a little laughing gas may be enough to convince a child that getting a shot is no big deal. At the end of the visit, a little oxygen clears up the nitrous oxide, and your child is ready to go back to school if need be.
For other kids, we need to make sure they won’t remember the shot, the drill, or even being in the chair. And that calls for a higher level of sedation.
Discussing Your Child’s Dental Sedation Needs with a Professional
Before making any decisions, it is important to discuss your child’s dental sedation needs with a professional. Contact BRSH+FLSS by calling 619-741-1500 and set up an appointment for your kids. There you will be able to discuss the sedation dentistry options available to you and reach a good decision that will make the dentist’s office a safe and anxiety-free place for your children.