The Latest Options for an Anxiety Free Dental Experience

IV sedation kids dentistAnxiety can really put a damper on a trip to the dentist – especially if children have already established dental fears or phobias. To help control stress and fear, our kids dentist offers IV sedation along with nitrous oxide gas and oral sedatives. When administered under the care of professionals in a clinical environment, anxiety medication can make a world of difference for a patient. We believe that kid’s dental care should be comfortable and even enjoyable. Our team makes every effort to ensure that our patients enjoy the highest quality treatment in a family-friendly and nurturing environment.

Dental Phobias and Anxiety

Sometimes it’s hard for adults to understand why children fear their pediatric dentist. What may seem like a run of the mill tantrum could actually be very strong feelings of panic and worry. Strong phobias or anxiety can carry over into adulthood and in some cases, affect a person’s willingness to visit his or her dentist regularly. To help children develop a good relationship with dental professionals, anti-anxiety medication may be used. Since this medication is manufactured specifically to stop signs of panic, sedation can help promote a healthier mindset about receiving dental care and even help children remain still during longer procedures.

Types of Sedation

Depending on your child’s needs and the level of his or her anxiety, different methods or types of medication may be used. Mild phobias during routine treatment may only require nitrous oxide gas, which is administered through a soft nasal mask. Nitrous oxide is safe and FDA-approved for treating mild anxiety and can help relieve discomfort.

For more pronounced anxiety, oral sedatives or IV sedation may be utilized. Oral sedatives are taken about an hour before one’s appointment and help stop the chemical reaction in the brain that causes panic and fear. IV sedation is especially useful when children are receiving lengthy treatment such as a tooth extraction. When administering sedation intravenously, our team can monitor patients’ vitals very closely and adjust the dosage of medication, if necessary.

To learn more about IV sedation and other kid’s dental services, call us at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry to reserve a consultation with our pediatric dentist.

A Healthy Mouth is a Gateway to a Healthy Body

Fort Worth kids dentist Like the saying goes “the eyes are the window to the soul”, one could argue that the mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. In fact, there has been quite a lot of scientific evidence to back up the claim that oral health and overall well-being are connected. For example, numerous studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular problems, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s. We know that tooth decay can lead to systemic infections that enter the blood stream, too. Since optimal oral health is important to overall wellness, our kid’s dentists strives to instill healthy habits among our younger patients. Our practice provides comprehensive pediatric dentistry services that help prevent common oral diseases and restore damaged teeth.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene and Preventive Care

Establishing good oral health begins at home. Parents and caregivers should instill the value of oral hygiene to children. Developing good habits at a young age will carry over into adulthood. Children should be monitored when learning to brush and floss their teeth. Caregivers should make sure that children are brushing correctly and adequately. To remove the most amount of plaque, patients should brush their teeth, tongue, and gums for at least two minutes in gentle, circular motions. When children reach the age of four or five, they should begin flossing on their own. Flossing is important for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. Proper brushing and flossing greatly reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.

While home care is essential to keeping one’s mouth clean and healthy, so is receiving regular professional care. Children should see our kid’s dentist office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Regular checkups can reveal potential problems in their earliest stages and therefore increase the likelihood of conservative treatment protocols. Additionally, regular cleanings will help control the buildup of plaque and tartar, which both contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

Our team is here to help children establish healthy habits and enjoy vibrant oral health. To schedule an appointment for pediatric dentistry services, call our family-friendly office today.