Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.


Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

When Sedation Makes The Difference With A Dental Visit

Alfred Kelley

Many people are so fearful of going to the dentist that they put off dental procedures for far too long. In most cases, prompt attention to minor dental issues can prevent the problems from getting worse. You don't have to put off needed dental appointments because of anxiety. Read below and find out what types of help could make a difference for you.

Anxiety Can Be Crippling

When it comes to nervousness, the cause can be specific or general. There is a lot of generalized fear of going to the dentist. The reasons are many, as seen below:

  • Fear of the unknown and what might happen
  • Fear of dental instruments
  • Memories of bad experiences
  • An embarrassing gag reflex issue
  • Fear of anesthetics or bad previous reactions to anesthetics

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is recognized as a legitimate impediment to good dental health. More and more doctors are practicing sedation dentistry. Of course, offering sedation is not new, but many more dentists are becoming aware of the way dental anxiety affects a patient's teeth and gum health. When it comes to sedation, you have several choices, and you and your dentist can discuss the merits of each type at your consultation appointment. Take a look at some possible options:

  1. A pre-appointment anti-anxiety pill may be prescribed for those who are worried about taking the first steps.
  2. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be administered during almost any procedure. You are not asleep but you are completely unaware of any discomfort.
  3. Numbing injections can numb targeted areas that need work. Lidocaine is usually used when you need a filling, for example.
  4. Intravenous (IV) anesthesia may be used when the procedure is expected to be more extensive and take longer. You may sleep a bit as a result of the IV anesthesia but the drug used is fast-acting and wears off quickly after the procedure is over. Only certain dentists or those who have someone on staff to administer IV drugs offer this type of anesthesia.

With certain forms of anesthesia, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home afterward. The important point to keep in mind is that you don't have to suffer from dental anxiety when there are ways to avoid it. Look for a dentist that promises extra care and attention to those with anxiety issues and that is prepared to provide you with the level of sedation that makes you comfortable and pain-free. To find out more, speak to a dentist near you.