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When Your Child Is Afraid Of The Dentist Marietta, GA

When Your Child Is Afraid Of The Dentist

It is not uncommon for a child to suffer from dental anxiety. In fact, up to 19.5% of school age children are afraid of dentists. It is important to find ways to combat dental anxiety in a child so that receiving optimal dental care is not avoided. There are several behavioral strategies that are helpful in managing a child with dental anxiety, but many dental practices also offer sedation dentistry as well. Sedation dentistry includes methods that are completely safe for kids and can help them get through a necessary dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used on pediatric dental patients who have a mild or moderate anxiety. This form of sedation dentistry gently eases their fears so that they can relax and get the dental care they need in a comfortable manner. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and is delivered through a small mask over the nose. Your child will be asked to breathe through the nose only. As the gas begins to work, the child gradually becomes less agitated and nervous.

The effects of nitrous oxide are mild. It is safe and quickly eliminated from the body. Your child remains awake and can continue to interact with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects wear off very quickly. The dentist will give your child oxygen for a few minutes after treatment, which helps flush out any remaining gas.

If you prefer not to use sedation methods, there are other ways that can help your anxious child. In Dentistry Today, Lisa A. Efron, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Sherman, DDS suggest several behavioral strategies for parents and dental professionals to follow in attempting to calm a child who has dental anxiety. They recommend the following tactics, among others, to reduce pediatric dental phobia:

  • Information – Children prefer the predictable. Simply telling your child what to expect at their dental appointment can help calm their fears.
  • Relaxation—Physically relaxing a child in the dental chair is effective for dental anxiety. Deep breathing exercises or using soothing audiotapes can release tension.
  • Distraction – Distracting a child from what the dentist is actually doing is a great way to combat dental fear. These methods can range from using a TV screen to play a favorite movie to asking the child to count the ceiling tiles or remember a funny story.

Gilreath Family Dentistry makes it a priority to create a positive dental experience for your child. They offer sedation dentistry and have a team of friendly professionals that will ensure your child is as relaxed as possible. Dental phobia, at any age, should never be an excuse to refuse dental care.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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