Is Sedation Dentistry a Good Option for Children?

IV sedation kids dentistIt is highly recommended that children start to visit the dentist around the age of twelve months. This not only provides the opportunity for a brief exam, but early appointments with your kid’s dental provider will acclimate your child to the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office. And regular preventative appointments might help to eliminate the need for an emergency visit due to a toothache.

If that first dental visit to treat a toothache is coupled with frightening sounds like a whirring drill, the appearance of a needle used to anesthetize the young patient, pairs of hands in your child’s mouth – not to mention any pain your child might be experiencing – any follow-up visits are going to be tough.

You now know and understand the importance of maintaining regular dental visits. But if your child’s anxiety level is preventing even visits to have teeth cleaned, your child might be a candidate for IV sedation.

A pediatric anesthesiologist will work with your kid’s dentist to provide the appropriate amount of sedation and will monitor your child’s health throughout the dental visit. Teeth can be cleaned and any restorative work needed can be completed. And your child will have no recollection of the appointment. Your child will need to return home and remain quiet for the balance of the day as a groggy feeling will be felt for a while.

This type of sedation dentistry is not just for apprehensive kids. There are children suffering from illnesses and conditions that make sitting still for extended periods difficult, if not impossible. These children also make ideal candidates for IV sedation dentistry.

For years, sedation dentistry was used primarily for surgical cases, but it is now a little more commonplace with availability in dental offices other than oral surgeons. If you know your child suffers from severe anxiety or a physical/mental disorder putting their oral care in jeopardy, parents need to research the availability and discuss their options with their dental provider.

In between dental appointments, you can help to ensure your child’s dental health is maximized by supervising daily flossing, brushing twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste and monitoring what your child eats and drinks to prevent exposure to excessive sugary treats.

Contact us at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry if you have further questions or to schedule an appointment for your child!

Food Friends and Foes for Your Child’s Teeth

kids dentist Fort WorthNo doubt some foods are very high on the recommended list of what your child should consume, but an occasional snack should be kept on that list so your child does not feel deprived and looks to binge on junk at their very first opportunity. Your kid’s dentist will help with guidelines for you to maintain your child’s oral health, and you need to add common sense to provide a steady upbringing that will help your child grow up to enjoy great oral and overall health.

Fresh fruits and vegetables should be major contenders for your child’s daily food budget. Dairy products like cheese, reduced sugar yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, and eggs are important in a balanced diet. Protein based foods like nuts, peanut butter, beans, non-processed meats, fish, and fowl are tasty, filling, and nutritious. Limited carbohydrates like those in pasta, bread, and potatoes are approved in moderation.

But it is unrealistic to think that a child is not going to want a snack like candy, cookies, ice cream, cake, pie, donuts … the list seems endless. And what about the beverages loaded with sugar like soda, juice, and many “healthy” drinks that flood the market. And with fast food temptations on almost every corner beckoning your child with toy giveaways and glitzy marketing, it seems like an almost impossible task to keep your child’s daily food consumption healthy and within range to prevent dental decay and other oral problems from occurring.

Your child should experience their first dental visit around the age of twelve months. With pediatric dentistry, parents not only have the opportunity for an early oral exam to make sure their child’s mouth and teeth are progressing normally, but they have a professional available to answer any questions they might have regarding things like the diet needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

No doubt parents will give in to the occasional treat. But if your child starts out learning to enjoy foods like vegetables, fruits, and healthy snacks, by the time they start school they will have learned to incorporate wholesome eating habits into their daily regimen.

Processed foods are everywhere so provide your child with a solid, healthy food base in the early years and they will likely carry that style of eating into adulthood enjoying great oral health along the way.

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