A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health
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A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health

My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.


A Guide to Creatively Handling a Child's Dental Health

3 Types Of Sedation Dentistry

Bella Snyder

If you are like many people, you may avoid dental visits. This could end up costing you more in the long run and may allow for extreme damage to occur to your teeth. One way to face the dentist and to ease your fear is by choosing sedation dentistry. Knowing the various types of sedation that are offered to you can help you select the best type for your individual situation.

Oral Sedation

One common type of sedation includes taking a pill to ease your anxiety or stress when your dental appointment arrives. Your dentist can prescribe a variety of medications to you, and this can allow you to feel various levels of relaxation depending on the amount you need.

Listed below are types of medications commonly provided for sedating purposes:

  1. Halicon – This is frequently prescribed for dental patients who may be undergoing a complex dental procedure. This medication may be adjusted to allow the patient to be unaware of what happened while getting the dental work completed.
  2. Valium – If you have some fear of going to the dentist, but prefer only to be relaxed and not unconscious, your dentist may prescribe this medication for you.
  3. Xanax – This is a very mild sedative that may be reserved if you only are anxious a little about your appointment.

Nitrous Gas

This is also referred to as laughing gas and will help you feel relaxed during your dental appointment.  Your dental professional will be capable of controlling the gas you inhale that will dictate how relaxed you may be. One of the advantages of laughing gas for most people is that it wears off very quickly.

IV sedation

This type of sedation will be given through an IV. The medical provider will adjust the amount of medication that may be needed based on the extent of your anxiety. It is possible to be heavily sedated if this is your choice with IV sedation. The benefit of using this sedation method for most people is that it will begin to work fast, and this will allow you to relax quickly for your dental appointment.

It is better to invest in some type of sedation, rather than to avoid the dentist entirely. Be sure to talk to your dental professional to help you select the best option for you individual dental need to allow you to get through your appointment with less anxiety.