Archive for December 2011

Does Your Child Require Sedation Dentistry?

Many children, especially those who have had a traumatizing dental experience in the past, may have anxiety (fear) about visiting the dentist.  I specialize in helping anxious children feel more comfortable during dental treatment.  Sometimes I perform sedation treatment, which is a very successful treatment option for children who are nervous about dental procedures.

There are many factors which go into determining if a patient is a candidate for sedation.  Sedation may not be recommended for patients with heart or respiratory problems or other serious health conditions. Any time a patient  is sedated, they must be monitored carefully by a practitioner who is qualified and licensed to perform sedation, as I am.  We don’t rush into sedating patients and we never sedate a patient on their first or even second appointment.

We have a separate treatment planning appointment before the sedation appointment so that we may discuss the sedation process and treatment plan thoroughly with the parent.  It is always my goal to ensure that my patients and their parents are completely informed and agree with their proposed treatment plans.

Kids smile about dental appointments at my office!

Sedation dentistry is a very valuable treatment option for patients who have extreme dental anxiety.  Many patients who are referred to me for sedation don’t really require sedation-they simply require a dentist who is trained in treating anxious patients and making them feel at ease.  I assess each patient very carefully to determine what treatment approach will be in that patient’s best interests.  My team and I strive to make even very nervous children able to enjoy visiting their dentist!  Visit our website at http://www.haasdentalnh.com to learn more about the services we offer at Haas Dental Associates!