My nine year old daughter had a bad experience at the dentist last year. Since then, she hasn’t wanted to go. In fact, she’s terrified. Is there a way to help children with this?
Elaine D. – South Dakota
What will help her the most is a series of good experiences at the dentist, but I realize you have to get her there calmly first. There is sedation dentistry. It is safe for children.
There are different levels of sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. I would discuss what is going on with your dentist and decide which option is better. If he’s not compassionate with your daughter’s fear, then you need to find a different dentist.
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