My child has a bad gag reflex – can sedation dentistry help?

IV sedation kids dentistDoes your child’s gag reflex make receiving dental treatments more difficult? If so, your child might benefit from receiving sedation during visits to our practice. Sedatives have many applications in dentistry, including the reduction of panic and anxiety and promoting patient comfort. These medications also slow down the body’s natural reflexive responses. This means that sedation can help stop your child’s natural urge to gag during treatment. Our kid’s dentist offers IV sedation to help children with special dental needs, such as gag reflexes and dental phobias, receive quality oral healthcare.

What is IV sedation exactly?

This type of sedation is administered intravenously but does not impair one’s breathing ability like general anesthesia does. When our kid’s dentist treats patients undergoing IV sedation, a team of trained professionals monitors children’s vitals and responsiveness continuously to ensure a safe and relaxing experience. Each dose is carefully determined to suit the unique needs of each child.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

There are many benefits to receiving sedation. Our pediatric dentist understands the need for providing top-notch care to our patients without compromising a child’s level of comfort. Children with gag reflexes or those with fears of dental treatment can receive the highest quality care without negative memories and experiences associated with common procedures and treatments. Since patients rest peacefully during treatment, they will not have memories that may exacerbate previous uneasiness. Those who have difficulty remaining still during treatment also benefit from IV sedation. Since sedation places children in a sleep-like state, our team can provide care without obstruction—which increases the quality of treatment.

How do I know if my child will benefit from sedation?

If you wonder if IV sedation is right for your child’s needs, we recommend that you discuss this treatment option with a member of our team. A pediatric dentist at our practice will be able to answer your questions and provide expert insight.

To schedule an appointment or ask questions, call our friendly team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.

Why is there a dark spot on my child’s tooth?

kids dentist Fort WorthHas a dark spot formed on your child’s tooth? Are you wondering if this symptom requires professional treatment? Changes in the color of your child’s teeth can appear for a few reasons. Sometimes teeth may become discolored after a patient has taken certain types of antibiotics. Dark spots may also be the result of permanent, extrinsic tooth stains that are caused by exposure to dark foods and drinks. If a child has severe tooth decay, the tooth may darken as well. Our kid’s dentist offers restorative and preventive pediatric dentistry treatments to help your child enjoy vibrant oral health.

Understanding Tooth Discoloration

There are two types of tooth discoloration: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic tooth stains occur when teeth are exposed to agents like darkly-colored food or drinks or antibiotics. For example, antibiotics from the tetracycline family of medications can discolor teeth to where they appear yellow or dark brown. Another cause for extrinsic discoloration is poor oral hygiene. Tartar (hardened plaque) builds up along teeth and gums when patients do not properly clean their teeth with brushing and flossing. Tartar, like teeth, can then become dark in appearance.

Intrinsic stains develop when the inside of the tooth is not healthy. While intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration looks similar, their causes can vary. An intrinsic stain could be caused by a deep tooth fracture where the sensitive internal structures of teeth are exposed to debris and bacteria. These stains may also be the result of tooth decay.

Knowing When to See the Dentist

In addition to scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with our kid’s dentist, parents and caregivers should also call our office when noticeable changes occur. This allows our team the opportunity to determine whether tooth discoloration requires treatment. To protect our patients’ quality of life and oral health, we may prescribe fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth or place restorations to prevent decay from deepening.

To schedule an appointment with our team, call 817-569-6633 to talk with a member from our pediatric dentistry practice today.