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Kids Dental Anxiety & Positive Outcomes

Kids Dental Anxiety & Positive Outcomes

Junior Smiles® offers many ways to reduce your kids’ dental anxiety, including conscious sedation (laughing gas) and general anesthesia.

Dental offices can trigger child anxiety, it sometimes even triggers adult anxiety. But for children, the dentist office can be scary.

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Pediatric Dentists Help Coach Kids Through Dental Anxiety

As pediatric dentists, we want your children to have positive experiences; we want to coach children into having enough confidence that they can sit in our dental chair while we treat their teeth. We have many techniques to help kids understand what’s going on and why we are doing the things that we do.

When kids’ dental anxiety becomes unsafe for dental treatment

When dental anxiety prevents a child from accepting dental treatment, it may be necessary to consider other options to help them get through the appointment.

At Junior Smiles®, these options include Conscious Sedation (Laughing Gas) or General Anesthesia. Pediatric dentists call these techniques ‘Pharmacological Behavior Modification.’

So what’s the difference?

When a child’s dental anxiety requires a ‘Pharmacological Behavior Modification,’ Junior Smiles® has progressive sedations we will speak with you about:

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation (laughing gas), which is delivered through a nose piece, lowers the child’s anxiety and fear. It also reduces the pain perception from the injection.

For this reason, we recommend this on almost every child we treat unless there are underlying medical issues.

The child can breathe normally, is fully awake, and can follow instructions. In most cases, this is all children need to get through an appointment and to help build their confidence in the chair.

More information about laughing gas and your kid’s dentist appointment.

General Anesthesia

Jr. Smiles® does provide General Anesthesia, which can be compared to going to sleep.

With General Anesthesia, the child does not breath on their own, will not remember anything leading up to treatment and right after treatment, and will not be able to follow instructions. This behavior modification is more controlled. The children are put fully to sleep and a breathing tube / respirator is placed so we ensure the child is breathing the entire time.

This is called ‘Protecting the Airway.’ Moderate and Deep Sedation do not protect the airway. For all of our General Anesthesia cases, we bring in a pediatric anesthesiologist (a doctor who only focuses on putting children to sleep and waking them up safely) while your dentist performs the treatment needed on your child.

More information about General Anesthesia and kids dentist appointment.

Dental Sedation Goals

The whole goal of these behavior management techniques is to provide the necessary treatment in a way that protects your child’s psyche and doesn’t scar them into having life-long dental phobia.

At Jr. Smiles®, we offer Conscious Sedation with laughing gas or General Anesthesia. If your child needs help getting through dental procedures, or if you have further questions, please contact us at info@kidsdentalsmile.com or call for a consultation appointment at 303-455-3313.

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