• 21 JAN 15
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    What to Do If your Child Fears the Dentist

    Sad young girl sitting in cornerChildhood anxiety is becoming more commonplace in today’s fast-paced, hectic society. Parents want children to enjoy their childhoods and manage anxiety in healthy ways. Dental anxiety is a common fear that plagues both children and adults. Children’s sedation dentist Dr. Kimmy is highly skilled at dealing with children with anxiety and provides sedation options. Dr. Kimmy worked with fearful patients during her post-doctorate training in Pediatric Dentistry and later while working at a level-one trauma center where she handled oral and IV sedation cases as well as special needs patients. In today’s blog Dr. Kimmy answers common questions about sedation dentistry options for kids.

    Dr. Kimmy: Trained Children’s Sedation Dentist

    Q: What kinds of sedation options does Dr. Kimmy offer?

    A: Dr. Kimmy works hard to soothe your child and suggests tips to parents. Some kids need a little extra help, and in these cases, Dr. Kimmy provides oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and injections. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is inhaled through a mask and begins affecting your child within a few minutes. Your child will stay conscious and able to communicate with Dr. Kimmy and her hygienists. Oral sedation refers to a medication your child will take about an hour before treatment. Dr. Kimmy can also administer injections that allow her to tailor the amount of sedative for the patient.

    Q: Is sedation dentistry safe for a child?

    A: Your child’s safety is Dr. Kimmy’s chief priority, and she takes every precaution to guarantee his or her safety during dental sedation.

    Q: What can I do as a parent to prevent my child from developing dental anxiety?

    A: Taking children to the dentist from an early age will help them grow accustomed to experiencing other people’s hands in their mouth. They will be less likely to develop anxiety if they view dental visits as part of their normal routine. Preparing your child for his or her first dental check up will also significantly lower his or her anxiety. You can describe what will take place at the appointment and even act it out with them in a role-play. Check your local library for children’s books that describe what a child can expect at the dentist. The American Dental Association’s website, http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/ is a strong resource that offers kids’ activity sheets and games to teach them about visiting the dentist. Be careful about sharing your own stories of negative dental experiences because children pick up on their parents’ feelings surrounding dental visits.

    About your Manhasset Children’s Dentist

    Dr. Kimmy Soleimani is a board-certified pediatric dentist with years of experience. Being a mom herself, she knows how to calm the nervous child and put her at ease. To schedule a consultation, call us at 516-365-4-KID. Dr. Kimberly Soleimani serves Manhasset, Great Neck, Roslyn, and Port Washington families from our Manhasset dental office. We welcome new patients and are happy to accept most major PPOs.


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