Calming Options For Anxious Children
We know that many children have dental anxiety, or special needs that make undergoing even routine care a difficult process. We don’t want your child’s anxiety to stand between him or her and a healthier smile. Which is why your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist offers a variety of dental sedation options.
Dental Anxiety and Special Needs
When do we recommend dental sedation for our young patients? For many, this is reserved for more intensive procedures, such as the extraction of a tooth. But we can also help kids with special needs that could otherwise complicate treatment. We also know that some children have serious dental anxiety about seeing the dentist, and we don’t want this to prevent them from enjoying good oral health. We could use one of our three options to help them enter a calm and relaxed state!
Did you know that our team contains trained anesthesiologists who are also board-certified members of the Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates? These board-certified specialists will be on hand for any treatment that involves sedation, ensuring we follow the strictest guidelines and recommendations. To choose an option that is right for your children, we will take age, weight, anxiety levels, and medical history into account. Our team is also experienced in helping children, even those who are scared of the dentist feel calm, welcomed, and relaxed, so they enjoy their time in the office and look forward to their next visit! After all, this is a great chance to instill good oral health habits, helping them better understand their smile, and setting them on a path to better oral health even in adulthood.
We have three unique options that we offer for our patients. The most common is nitrous oxide, which we administer through a mask placed over your child’s nose. They inhale a gas and enter a calm state, but still remain conscious and able to respond to the dentist. The effects wear off quickly, so many kids can return to school. We also have an option known as oral sedation, which is administered in a pill or liquid form prior to treatment, and offer a deeper state of relaxation. IV is the deepest form available and is administered through an IV. With oral and IV, the effects will take time to wear off completely, so your little one won’t be able to return to school afterward.
If you have any questions, then give us a call!
Ready for Your Child’s Next Visit?
We want every child to enjoy his or her visit with our team, and to leave with a better understanding of their smiles. If you have any questions about how we help kids stay relaxed, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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