Do You Have A Child That Needs Dental Care But Has An Extreme Fear Of The Dentist? What To Do

Dealing with a child that has a fear of the dentist can be difficult, especially if they haven't gotten the oral healthcare that they need. If you have a child that has to see the dentist but has severe anxiety and fear of doing so, you have to find the right dentist and make the right moves. Here are some of the things that you want to look for when you are seeking the right dental professional to help your child.

Pediatric Experience

A dentist that specializes in pediatric care and is familiar with working with kids, especially those who are scared to go to the dentist, is the best professional for the work that needs to be done. Find a pediatric dentist office and make an appointment to talk with the dentist, to talk with them about what they can do to help your child get the work done that is needed, and how they normally approach patients that can be difficult.

Sedation Possibilities

There are sedation dentistry options and possibilities that you can try to help your child get the work done that is needed. You can ask the dentist about the following choices:

  • Oral medication to make the child sleepy and relaxed
  • Nitrous oxide with a mask
  • Intravenous sedation to ensure it lasts throughout the entire procedure

What you feel comfortable giving your child is up to you, and the dentist can tell you what works best with what procedures, and what may be best based on you child's behavior.

Get it All Done

 If you child is just going in for a cleaning but you fear that they may have some cavities that need fillings or other work that needs done, ask the dentist if they can schedule more time to do this. More time will be needed then just a regular appointment and you want to take care of the work that is needed while the child is already under sedation.

Don't waste any time scheduling an appointment with a sedation dentist that you think will be good with your child, and to discuss with them what will happen during the sedation. There are a lot of different things that can become a problem with your child's oral health when they aren't seeing the dentist regularly or at all, so make the strides needed to be sure that they get in and get a cleaning and other work that is necessary.