Nervous Children & Sedation

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.

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 childs anxiety.

For more complex treatments it may be neccessary 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 concious through out the procedure.

Our Specialist advices:

  • Brushing effectively with fluoride tooth paste twice a day.
  • Reducing the amount and frequency of sugar intake.
  • Avoid snacking with unhealthy food.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly from the age of two.


We are happy for you to call and discuss treatment for your child over the phone.

For the gentle and caring treatment that your child deserves please contact Longwood House - We are here to help you.

Call: 0208 551 0088

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 don't remember their easy pain free dental treatment.

Not helping child overcome ther anxiety, which will carry on to adult hood, lead to poor dental health, need ortodontics 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.


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