Dr Prableen Anand and Dr Anina Chapman both will work together to provide your child with the best care possible. Nitrous oxide -laughing gas is a gentle way of relieving your child's anxiety.For more complex treatments it may be necessary to use intravenous Sedation-IV.the advantage of this over a general Anaesthetic is that it is safer and your child is completely relaxed and able to remain conscious through out the procedure.
Children need extra care and treatment so that their fear of dental treatment can be eliminated, and their treatment must be completed to a very high standard so that the treatment is not repeated.
Children should be constantly motivated in prevention regimes to avoid active treatments being necessary in the first place.
Our Specialist advices:
Dr Anands Opinion:Should Parents Avoid their child having treatment with General Anaesthetic ,and why?
Disadvantage of use of GA and heavy sedation is that it does not help with reinforcing good and positive dental behaviour /experience a child might have had ;they do not remember their easy pain free dental treatment. Not helping a child to overcome their anxiety, which will carry on to adult hood- lead to poor dental health, need orthodontics later/ may not be avail on NHS and become costly for parents......
However there are some children that just cannot cope with treatment even if sedated and will need GA.GA valid for them but comes with its risks, so best to avoid if possible with good behaviour management techniques/skills.
Can you manage these children in you clinic?
With good behaviour management skills that I have been trained as Paediatric dentist and inhalation sedation (IS).Inhalation sedation is the sedation of choice for children including young children and different from IV sedation which is mainly the sedation used in some sedation clinics.
IS is done by using laughing gas; same as 'gas and air' used by mums when in labour; very safe for children!! It only takes anxiety away, the child is kept awake throughout treatment and still needs Local anaesthetic.