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Does your child become nervous when visiting the dentist? At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, your dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, understand those fears and can help your child (and you) feel more comfortable. At their South Miami office, this experienced and caring team know the whys and hows of sedation dentistry and will get your child the care that they deserve.
The Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology journal states that up to 20 percent of people in the US, both adults and children, suffer from dental anxiety to one extent or other. Some patients are so phobic they even bypass dental care altogether! This then causes extensive decay, gum disease and even systemic health effects.
Symptoms of dental anxiety include:
- Increased heart rate
- Expressions of fear and nervousness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Inability to relax in the dental chair
When children have dental phobias, parents are impacted, too, as they strive to get their youngsters the care young teeth and jaws so crucially need. Sometimes, fear comes from a past bad experience with another dentist, or perhaps the child is a bit claustrophobic. Whatever the case, children take cues from parents—if Mom and Dad are relaxed, this helps the child.
Fortunately, South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates have the skill, experience, and compassion to make your child's dental visits comfortable. The entire dental practice is child-friendly, and the staff is specially trained to meet the needs of both fearful children and ones with special needs. This includes experience in sedation dentistry.
Types of sedation
Dr. Lenard and Dr. Martinez offer four kinds of sedation to meet your child's unique needs. They are:
- Nitrous oxide: Also nicknamed "laughing gas," this inhaled sedative allows the child to feel relaxed, and even a little giddy. Administered through a nasal mask with adjustments as needed, laughing gas still allows the child to respond to questions and commands, and it wears off right away.
- Local anesthetic: This typical "numbing shot" keeps the area around the treated tooth numb so that the child feels nothing during their filling or other procedure. The dentist preps the gums with topical anesthetic before injecting this medication, thereby avoiding any discomfort.
- Oral sedation: Valium and Versed are common tranquilizing pills used at the dental office. They help the patient feel relaxed—somtimes so much that they even fall asleep! However, the child is easily awakened after the completion of treatments.
- IV sedation: Administered through a needle in the arm, intravenous sedation generally allows a child to sleep all the way through treatments. Vital signs are fully monitored. This kind of sedation works well for lengthy and multiple procedures.
We can help
Your child can have a good experience at the dental office. Call Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard for a consultation on pediatric dental sedation, and put those fears to rest. Phone today: (305) 666-2068.
Dental anxiety affects almost 20% of school-aged children. This unfortunate and challenging situation, while common, can hinder your child’s dental health. However, you can learn how to best manage your child’s anxiety about the dentist with help from your pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL.
Understanding Dental Anxiety
Often, dental anxiety in children comes from a mix-up of their normal daily routine. Children flourish within a solid routine, and seeing the dentist can throw them off of that norm. Additionally, children tend to have irrational fears, and, unfortunately, the dentist is sometimes one of them. However, there are some handy guidelines for helping your child understand that the dentist is a friend, not a foe.
How can I help my child overcome their fear of the dentist?
One of the greatest things you can do as a parent for a child who is scared of the dentist is to fill them with information. Understanding their procedure and what will happen when they sit down in the dentist’s chair is incredibly helpful for quelling fears. Explain what a dental drill sounds like or explain to them the type of pressure or vibration they will feel during their procedure. Your dentist can help lead your child through some relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises or muscle relaxation can also help your child relax during their procedure. Reinforcing good behavior with small treats or toys helps build a positive relationship with the dentist’s office.
Types of Pediatric Sedation
When more conservative methods do not quell your child’s anxiety, sedation dentistry may help. Sedatives come in various strength levels and can be administered orally, through gas, or intravenously. Inhalation sedation, often called “laughing gas” is common to help children relax while staying awake and alert. Intravenous sedation is usually stronger, keeping your child awake but extremely relaxed. Your dentist can help you determine which level of sedation is best for your child and their anxiety.
Regular Examinations and Cleanings in South Miami, FL
Overcoming dental anxiety is crucial in a child’s oral health. Regular examinations and cleanings twice yearly can help your child’s dental and general health. These examinations are a chance to spot and treat dental conditions early. They also give your dentist the chance to ensure your child hits their growth markers on time. Regular cleanings help prevent dental conditions like gum disease and tooth decay, thus preventing procedures like fillings or root canals.
For more information on dental anxiety or what you can do about it, please contact Dr. Mark S. Webman, Dr. Mario J. Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning today!