What should you do if your child is afraid to have their teeth treated?
2019-07-15

High quality dental care is critical for healthy teeth. During the time when the milk teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth and the child’s bite is undergoing its formation, dental treatment and care could have a decisive effect on your child’s smile for the rest of their life. However, children are not always able to judge the importance of these procedures. Quite often, when dentists are ‘doing something’ in their mouths with special dental instruments, it causes nothing but pure terror for the smallest patients.

High quality dental care is critical for healthy teeth. During the time when the milk teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth and the child’s bite is undergoing its formation, dental treatment and care could have a decisive effect on your child’s smile for the rest of their life. However, children are not always able to judge the importance of these procedures. Quite often, when dentists are ‘doing something’ in their mouths with special dental instruments, it causes nothing but pure terror for the smallest patients.

Just one visit

Fortunately, this kind of terror is nothing new to experienced dentists. The skilled child specialists at CLINIC | DPC have years of experience in working with the youngest patients. If a child is very sensitive and the dental treatment is causing strong negative emotions, our specialists will evaluate the condition of the child’s teeth and could suggest a dental treatment with sedation or intubation. Treatment with intubation is one alternative that can help a child avoid many stressful visits to the dentist, as it takes just one visit to treat all damaged teeth.

Treating tiny teeth takes teamwork

The dentist works in tandem with an anaesthesiology and intensive care specialist. Once the child is put under sedation for the dental procedure, the anaesthesiologist keeps a continuous watch of the patient’s consciousness, heart rate, arterial blood pressure, breathing and blood oxygen saturation levels. This makes the procedure completely safe.

Tips before the treatment

Depending on the situation, additional tests of the patient’s health may be required to make adequate preparations for the treatment. Also, no food or liquids other than water should be consumed 6 hours prior to the sedation. In the 2 hours before the sedation, no water is allowed either.

During the treatment

  • medication is used to induce a state of deep sleep, muscular relaxation and anaesthesia, with artificial lung ventilation performed at the same time;
  • under the effect of the medication and sedation, the patient calms down and no longer feels tension and fear, and the dental procedure is performed while the child is asleep;
  • the patient does not experience any discomfort, and the dentist can perform the required work peacefully and properly; the anaesthesia is completely safe and there are medical specialists on hand to control it.

After the treatment

The patient is moved to a post-op room and is placed into the care of an anaesthesiology and intensive care nurse and a specialist. This is where the vital signs are monitored until the patient is fully awake and regains their strength. If necessary, pain and nausea medication will be administered to the patient while they are in the post-op room.

What should you do after the treatment?

  • stay away from food and beverages for a while after the anaesthesia wears off;
  • after couple of hours, non-carbonated drinks and a small quantity of easily digestible food can be consumed;
  • the recommendation is that the patient should rest and not engage in any major activities for the rest of the day;
  • we suggest bringing your own change of clothes.

To take care of the health of your little ones, parents should remember to book a visit for a prophylactic dental check-up once every six months. From 1 July to 30 September, Kaunas CLINIC | DPC dental care centre has a special offer for dental treatment with intubation.

  • For a treatment with intubation of 5 teeth or fewer, the intubation will cost EUR 269.
  • For a treatment with intubation of 5 teeth or more, the intubation will cost EUR 299.

During the intubation, other services will be priced according to the Clinic’s standard pricelist.

Also, from 1 July to 30 September, little patients who are now being treated or have at least one family member registered at CLINIC | DPC will have a dental health certificate issued for free.