It is absolutely essential for your son or daughter’s first dental appointment to be a great one. If kids form a negative impression of the dentist’s early on, this can prevent them from seeking needed dental care later in life. This lowers their quality of life and sets them up for some big problems down the road. If your child needs a filling or two, then you can both take comfort in the fact that the procedure can be brief and pleasant, thanks to drill free dentistry.
Helping Your Child Relax
Nitrous oxide, best explained to kids as “laughing gas,” is a safe and effective sedative with no side effects after it wears off. The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nose piece prior to and during the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide (besides making your child feel giggly and happy) will ease your child’s anxiety and increase his or her ability to tolerate dental procedures. Your child may not even remember the procedure once it’s done! This gas is so effective that there may not be any need for anesthesia with an injection.
Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment
Lasers are used in dentistry in a variety of ways. One of these is the removal of decayed tooth tissue. This means that your child won’t feel the strange pressure or hear the strange noises of a drill working out decay. Lasers make for more conservative restorations, which preserve healthy tooth structure better than traditional drills do at some times. However, hard tissue lasers are usually only appropriate on small areas of tooth decay. That’s why routine visits are so important for your child!
Before your child’s next dental procedure, ask your dentist about what tools are available to keep the experience comfortable and positive.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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