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Kids Get Dental Anxiety, Too! Milton, GA
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Not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. In fact, dental fear (or dental anxiety) is a very real condition that affects adults as well as children. While it may be common to have to bribe or coerce your child into the dental office, if your child’s anxiety over the dentist is a problem or is keeping them from necessary dental care, you should seek a solution. Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients overcome fear and anxiety while receiving dental treatments. Sedation dentistry is not just for adults – there are safe options of sedation for kids too!

Sedation dentistry can help kids relax while sitting in the dental chair. It is a valued solution for kids who experience the following:

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear associated with a negative past experience
  • Fear of needles or dental drills
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Special needs, physical limitations, trouble sitting still

In addition to the above mentioned reasons for getting sedation dentistry as a kid, it may also be a dental fear that was passed down from dad. That’s right; research studies have confirmed that there is an association between dental fear (or anxiety) in a father and his child. So if you are a parent who is scared of going to the dentist, be careful about passing this trait down to your kids!

How Oral Sedation Can Help

There are a few different types of sedation dentistry for children. At our Milton office, we offer oral sedation using a special syrup. The medication lasts up to an hour and allows your child to fully relax while dental treatments are performed. Sedation dentistry does not “put your child to sleep” in the same way anesthesia does. It merely allows them to let go of their anxieties and sit calmly for the dentist. Many kids don’t even remember the procedure being done!

If you believe your child’s fear of the dentist is more than what is normal for a kid their age, please discuss your concerns with us. We can provide oral sedation during routine cleanings as well as more complex procedures. The important thing is to give your child a comfortable and rewarding experience at the dental office.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

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Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

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