Can IV sedation benefit a restless or anxious child?

IV sedation kids dentistSometimes receiving pediatric dentistry services can be stressful for children – especially those undergoing lengthy or complex procedures or those with phobias in clinical settings. There are a few types of sedation options available for children including nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, and IV sedation. In a safe and controlled environment overseen by our kid’s dentist, IV sedation can make even the most restless or fearful children receive the oral healthcare they need and deserve. Sedatives can help our young patients overcome fears and phobias while also increasing their level of comfort. Following is some helpful information on sedation dentistry and how it can benefit your child.

What is IV sedation, exactly?

Unlike oral sedatives, IV sedation provides a precise level of calming and relaxing medication that can be adjusted to a patient’s needs during treatment. This is because medications are administered intravenously and therefore act quickly. Sedative medication works with the brain’s neurotransmitters to slow down the central nervous system and prevent the chemical reactions that cause anxiety and nervousness.

Only FDA approved medications and protocols are used by our kid’s dentist. IV sedation is a safe way to assuage a child’s fears, help them remain still, and promote a comfortable experience so that our team can work without obstruction.

What are the benefits of sedation in pediatric dentistry?

The most obvious benefit of IV sedation is the fact that this service can help a child remain calm, still, and relaxed during treatment. Another advantage to IV sedation is that children will not have recollection of their procedures. This is helpful for children who have dental phobias or those who might find the tools and instruments we use frightening. Sedation can help improve a child’s relationship with our dentist because they will not have negative memories or associations of previous treatment.

Our caring and trained staff is proud to offer comprehensive pediatric care to children in our community. For questions or to reserve a checkup, call our office at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth While Traveling or On the Go

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Just because parents are busy or traveling doesn’t mean that kid’s dental health should go by the wayside. While our modern lives are hectic and even chaotic, practicing good oral hygiene and encouraging healthy habits is important even when families are away from the house. In addition to bringing along important items like floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste wherever you go, parents should also keep the contact information of our children’s emergency dentist handy in the event of an accident or injury. Following are some helpful tips for keeping kid’s dental health in check even when families are on the road.

Kid’s Dental Care Tips

Our practice encourages parents and caregivers to keep extra oral hygiene supplies in their vehicles, purses, and luggage when away from home. If children are away from home for extended periods of time, it is important for them to have access to toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, if necessary. Having these items on hand when traveling will help parents ensure that their children are cleaning their teeth on a regular basis. When storing a toothbrush that has been used before, we recommend keeping it in a sanitary travel case that has holes in it. This will keep the bristles dry but prevent them from coming in contact with germs and harmful pathogens.

If parents and caregivers have a busy day of running errands or long commutes, it is a good idea to bring extra water and healthy snacks. Drinking water is an integral part of keeping the mouth clean, moist, and healthy. Moreover, having access to water and healthy snacks will prevent the likelihood of purchasing sugary items at convenience stores or fast food chains.

Emergency Dental Tips

In the event of an emergency, our patients should call our practice immediately so that we can make arrangements for your child in our schedule. In many cases, we can provide same-day treatment, if necessary. Keep our practice number stored in your mobile phone or write down our information and place it in your glove box, wallet, address book, or purse.

We provide an array of pediatric dental services. Call our family-friendly practice today to reserve an appointment.