Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?

In the event that your child experiences a serious dental emergency, even if it occurs over night or during the weekend, don’t hesitate to contact a children’s emergency dentist as quickly as possible. A pediatric dentist understands that time is of the essence when an emergency involved your children, and that’s why you can always contact the office if the need arises. Should the incident occur outside of business hours, the office’s answering service will forward you to the dentist who is on call or the nearest emergency facility.

A pediatric dentist understands that time is of the essence when an emergency involved your children, and that’s why you can always contact the office if the need arises. 

Knowing how to respond to the most common children’s dental emergencies will influence how well your family manages during a potentially stressful and frightening time.

Managing a toothache. At home, you may not be able to assess the severity of a toothache visually. Still, your child’s symptoms should be taken seriously, even if the pain is coming from a baby tooth. There may be a serious underlying cause, such as a deep cavity or an abscess, conditions that can prevent your child from eating, speaking, and sleeping properly. Also, an unhealthy baby tooth can eventually damage a permanent tooth even before it has erupted. Until your child can be evaluated by dentist, you may offer a children’s pain reliever but avoid any other home remedies, including aspirin or alcohol.

Managing a tooth that has been knocked out. When a fall or a blow to the mouth results in a knocked out tooth, immediate dental care is imperative. A baby tooth is not typically replaced, but an examination is necessary to assess the potential damage to the underlying permanent teeth. However, a permanent tooth that has been knocked out should be placed back into the socket as quickly as possible, since there is a strong chance that the tooth can be reattached. If reinserting the tooth is not possible, both the tooth and the child should be transported to the dental office or emergency room immediately.

Preventing Sports Injuries. A mouthguard is a necessity during a sports event as well as during practices. Helmets are also effective for protecting the head, face, and mouth. But accidents can still happen, and when they do, remember to remain calm. With a clear mind, you can control any pain or bleeding until you get into contact with an experienced children’s emergency dentist.

For more advice or information, call our children’s dental team for an appointment today.

Is IV Sedation Safe for My Child?

Just like adults, some children are stricken with real fear when it is time to go to the dentist. In fact, the feelings of anxiety and fear tend to be magnified for a child who is unfamiliar with the sights, sounds, and feelings of the dental office. To some degree, this fear can be managed when the parent and the dental team work together to build the child’s trust and confidence. However, when the child is unable to cope with her anxiety, or when the planned dental procedure is expected to be particularly lengthy, it may be necessary to tap into additional resources.

With IV sedation a kid’s dentist can safely administer child-sized doses of the medications that are appropriate for managing anxiety in children. The medications that will be selected for your child are not meant to induce sleep, but rather to soothe and deeply relax. In this state of gentle relaxation, a child can breathe independently as well as respond to the instructions given by the dentist. This makes it an alternative that is safer than general anesthesia.

Still, this level and method of sedation is profound enough to yield the desired results. The young patients who have been treated with these medications will typically forget much of the procedure, reducing the risk of creating bad memories and difficulties at future dental appointments. We know that just one bad dental experience can negatively alter a child’s view of dental care for the rest of her life. This is especially beneficial for children with special needs and those who have trouble sitting in the kid’s dental chair for an extended period of time.

By offering the help of IV sedation a kid’s dentist can keep your child safe and comfortable in the dental chair while removing the fear that could make a simple appointment unbearable.

Contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry to learn more about the many safe IV sedative options for your child.  Call 817-569-6633 for an appointment today.