Local dental anesthetic for kids to reduce pain and overcome dental anxiety
It is not unusual for children to have a fear of visiting the dentist. They may have heard stories about pain and discomfort from friends or parents. They might hear the dentist’s drill and experience anxiety. Or they may have had a bad experience in the past that may lead them to dread visits to the dental chair. Regardless of the issue, parents must work with their children’s dentist to find out ways to reduce anxiety. That may include speaking to Dr. Mona Houshiar of Spring, Texas, about local dental anesthetics for kids.
How does local anesthetic in pediatric dentistry work?
First, our dentist will administer a numbing gel to the gums in the area that will be treated. Then, a local anesthetic is injected into this area. Because of the dental numbing gel, the child will not feel the injection but may experience the sensation of the area becoming more comfortable. Before the dentist begins the procedure, she will ensure the child cannot feel sensations in the treatment area. That confirms that the injectable local anesthetic has worked, and the procedure can be started.
Why is anesthesia for teeth necessary?
Without anesthetics, significant pain may be experienced, especially for more invasive procedures on the teeth and gums. With local anesthetics, the area is numb to pain, which allows the dentist to move forward with dental procedures without fear of the child experiencing discomfort.
What other sedation methods are available?
In addition to local anesthetics, we may also utilize sedation methods such as nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation to further comfort a child before and during their dental procedures.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Mona Houshiar and her team today
If your child needs upcoming dental treatment and has a phobia or fear of dental work, it might be time to speak to a pediatric dentist about not only local dental anesthetics for kids but additional sedation that could be effective in calming and comforting a child with dental anxiety. If you are in the area of Spring, TX, and want to speak to our team, call (832) 662-3008 to request an appointment. Our facility is conveniently located at 20920 Kuykendahl Rd., Ste. E and accepts new patients.