How to prepare a child for dental work?

Make dental visits pleasant for your child, read books. Reading books with your child about what to expect at the dentist is a great way to get them excited about the experience. Create a pre- and post-dental ritual. Talk about the benefits of having the procedure.

Commonly used sedation is laughing gas. It helps the child stay still and reduces anxiety. Other forms of sedation may be used during the procedure. Review the options with your dentist and choose one that's right for your child.

On the day of filling, you want your child to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Allow him to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You can also consider allowing him to bring a comforting object, such as a favorite stuffed animal or a small stress ball that he can squeeze in his hand during the procedure. The following information provides an overview of the different types of sedation and anesthesia.

It's important for parents to know their options. Talk to your child's dentist or oral surgeon about the type of sedation or anesthesia he recommends (and practices regularly) for your child's dental treatment before the appointment.

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