DELIVERING DENTAL CARE TO YOUR CHILD
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD CANNOT COOPERATE FOR DENTAL TREATMENT?
Because your child’s comfort and safety is of primary concern, how the treatment is going to be carried out will be thoroughly discussed with you after the examination.
Very often the basic techniques of behaviour management previously outlined are sufficient for treatment to be carried out effectively and safely.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
However in children with mild to moderate anxiety, the use of light sedation maybe necessary to enable them to cope with certain procedures.
The use of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” as a form or relative analgesia is an option which is quick, safe and easily reversible.
This form of light sedation ensures that your child is conscious and aware at all times, yet better able to tolerate potentially uncomfortable yet short dental experiences such as injections or tooth extractions.
- General Anaesthesia
There are certain instances where children are simply not able to cope with dental treatment at all.
This includes children who are very young (pre-cooperative), or who have some form of special needs making communication and cooperation not possible, or where the treatment required is very long and extensive – usually involving a majority of the child’s teeth.
In these instances, the use of general anaesthesia may be indicated to ensure your child’s safety.
The paedodontist will then work closely with a paediatric anaesthetist in a day surgery theatre to put your child temporarily to sleep.
Once your child is asleep, all the dental treatment is carried out such that when your child awakes, he or she has no memory of the procedure performed, and subsequently does not become frightened of them.
Recovery after the procedure is usually within a few hours, and you may bring your child home on the very same day.