No one likes going to the dentist. This may be especially true of children, where loud noises and unfamiliar prodding and surrounding may cause fear and anxiety. Thankfully, there have been several advances in dentistry that can help even the most skittish child feel more at ease. Here are three advances in dental technology that can help your child overcome his or her fear of the dentist.
Dental x-rays allow dentists and technicians to diagnose oral issues that cannot be seen by a simple visual examination. Years ago, dental x-rays involved placing bulky tools in the mouth, which at times could be uncomfortable or painful. Digital x-rays can decrease that uncomfortable feeling. Instead of bulky tools, a small sensor is placed into the mouth, and an image of the teeth and gums is immediately displayed on a computer screen. This decreases the length of time the dentist has to prod in the mouth and results in a more pleasant experience for kids.
Advanced Laser Dentistry
One of the most common causes of dental phobia in kids is the sound of the drill and the pain associated with dental work. Advanced laser dentistry decreases both the aforementioned by using lasers to treat dental problems. Advanced laser dentistry is much more precise than traditional dental tools and can be used to address not only tooth issues but also issues related to the gums and other soft tissue. Laser dentistry can significantly reduce dental pain during procedures, can reduce the need for anesthesia, and can reduce the need for stitches.
Sometimes, no matter how much a child tries, it is difficult for him or her to relax in the dentist chair. Oral sedation is the perfect tool to help kids relax during dental procedures. Many pediatric dentists have begun to offer in-office minimal sedation, which allows for a child to be awake but relaxed. For more detailed procedures, moderate sedation may be more appropriate. Minimal sedation typically involves inhaling nitrous oxide through a mask whereas moderate sedation may involve taking medication in pill or liquid form.
While going to the dentist may never be a cause for celebration, new technological advances in the field of dentistry can aid your child in having a more enjoyable experience. If your child has a fear of the dentist, it may be best to talk to your dentist about the newest advances to help your child feel comfortable in the chair.
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