Reducing a child’s anxiety before a tooth extraction

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

A tooth extraction can be a nerve-wracking experience for a child. Most often children will feel afraid of an extraction which can make it difficult for a dentist to complete the procedure.

Although parents may be hesitant to go through with an extraction if it is prescribed, it is in the best interest of your child’s oral health to have the procedure done as soon as possible. A dentist will only prescribe an extraction if a tooth is damaged beyond repair or if overcrowding is causing alignment issues.

Before the procedure familiarize a child with what will happen during and after an extraction. However, avoid providing too much detail as this can overwhelm young children.

Pediatric dentists or dentists familiar with treating children will provide sedation methods that will reduce a child’s anxiety. Sedation methods that may be offered include laughing gas, general anesthetic, or IV sedation. Pediatric dental clinics are also a lot less frightening for a child as they are child-friendly.

After an extraction, a child may be advised to eat soft foods for one or two days. Make sure your child has sufficient rest after the procedure so that their extraction site can heal completely.

To ensure a child’s teeth remain healthy and clean, see that they brush their teeth twice daily and eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar. Two annual dental visits can also help to identify cavities or other dental issues before conditions worsen.

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