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Easing Anxiety When Your Child Needs an Extraction

Posted on 4/20/2017 by OPDSF Office
A young boy in need of a tooth extraction.
Finding out that your child needs to have a tooth pulled can be more traumatic on the parents than on the child in some cases. It worries you thinking your child will be in immense amounts of pain.

Thankfully, with advances in pediatric dentistry, the procedure has become easier and less painful. If your child needs to have a tooth pulled, there are quite a few options to help keep the anxiety and pain to a minimum.

How to Keep Your Child Relaxed

When a tooth needs to be extracted, they may be anxious about what it will feel like. Reassuring your child that they will not feel any pain is some comfort to most children. If your child is a bit over-anxious, they may qualify for other alternatives.

Nitrous oxide can be used to take the edge off the child, while others may need a little bit of sedation. Either way, your child's dentist has many options at their disposal to help make the process as easy and relaxing as possible.

If your child encounters a bit of pain after the procedure, your child's dentist will likely tell them which over-the-counter medication is apt to work best for them. Most of the time, ibuprofen is the only medication needed to control the pain.

However, if the pain gets severe, a more potent narcotic may be prescribed. That is up to your child's dentist and is likely going to be based on the results of having the tooth extracted.

An extraction is often scarier to think about than it is to go through. If you stay calm, your child is going to do better, too. Show your child the behavior you want them to exhibit. Stay calm and show them that everything is alright. They will follow your lead.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

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San Francisco, CA 94116

Ph (415) 661-8383
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