Children can often be frightened by the things they do not understand, and Carlsbad Pediatric Dentists specializes in pediatric dentistry, and alleviating that anxiety. A child’s anxiety will normally be heightened by an unpleasant dental experience and stories they hear from others. Fortunately, our office provides multiple methods to make a child’s dental visit pleasant and anxiety free.
First off, our staff talks to our child patients, listening to their concerns, and taking the time to explain procedures that will be done. Ironically, in many cases children will lose their fears with the understanding of what is happening and why.
Relaxation is important, and often times a relaxed parent equals a relaxed child. If that is not the case, allow children to interact with the toys we provide. This type of activity will often take a child’s mind off the upcoming exam. Child anxiety levels are often reduced just knowing the staff cares about their comfort.
In some cases, sedation is necessary. Nitrous Oxide is commonly used to reduce anxiety or alleviate pain. There is not a prolonged wake up time after the process either. A deeper sedation may be necessary for more complex dental issues, or for patients with extreme anxiety or needle fears. In these cases, a tablet type of sedative can be utilized.
Carlsbad Pediatric Dentists welcome parents and children to discuss any concerns regarding dental appointments. Here in Carlsbad CA, we want children to be anxiety free about visiting us with Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry at 760-633-1131.