So your child is spared the pain at the dentist

Visit to the dentist with the child

Just looking in the mouth is no problem for many children. But when a treatment at the dentist is due, it often looks different. What are the alternatives to the drill? And how can the dentist spare your child fear and pain?

The best dental treatment is still the one that is not necessary. That’s why you should look your child in the mouth regularly.

Then your child needs to go to the dentist.

The frequent contact of the teeth with sugar or fruit acids attacks the surface of the teeth and creates rough areas. Caries bacteria accumulate on these roughnesses and spread further. are suspected of caries: roughness on the teeth white or brownish discolorations

My tip: Take a closer look at your child’s teeth every two weeks after brushing. Slide up the upper lip and see if any plaque is visible on the incisors. Carefully move the fingertip of the washed index finger over the upper and lower incisors to see if rough areas can be felt. If so, you will need to go to the dentist.

The dentist can treat your child without pain

In order to be able to perform painful dental treatments, local anaesthesia, i.e. the “anaesthetic injection”, is the method of choice for adults. The injection is often also possible in children if the injection site has been made insensitive with special “tooth jam” beforehand. This is a fruit-tasting gel for so-called surface anaesthesia, with which the mucous membrane is anaesthetised before the injection. In order to bring your child into a relaxed, fear-free state, the dentist can use laughing gas. The supply of a mixture of laughing gas and oxygen via a small nose mask puts it in a euphoric state and thus reduces the sensation of pain. Meanwhile, the dentist can, for example, give the anaesthetic injection. Sedation can be useful for smaller and/or very uncooperative children and short interventions. Your child is given an anaesthetic that causes a twilight state in which feelings of anxiety are greatly reduced. An anaesthetist must be present during sedation and your child must be sober as during anaesthesia. The big advantage is that your child can no longer remember the treatment afterwards, which prevents fear of the dentist in case of unpleasant interventions later on. In some cases, such as when the teeth of small children are severely damaged, general anesthesia is the best choice. The anaesthesia is always performed by an anaesthetist. After the operation, the child is monitored in the practice for another one to two hours.

My tip:IIIf your child needs painful dental treatment before school age, a special pediatric dentist is the best choice. All forms of pain elimination are available here, and this dentist is guaranteed to have great experience in dealing with young patients!

Hypnosis can help your child to survive a visit to the dentist without fear.

Hypnosis is an effective instrument for the fear-free and pain-free treatment of children and adults. It makes your child feel comfortable at the dentist and leave the treatment room with a good feeling. Child hypnosis differs from adult hypnosis mainly in terms and formulations suitable for children. The techniques used to induce and maintain the trance state are otherwise the same. Children like to be brought into a trance state with stuffed animals, stories or fairy tales, from which they return just as quickly. They are responsive and reactive throughout the treatment – often their eyes are open. Unlike adults, children can only relax for a short time during treatment. This is why young patients like to work with QuickTimeTrance. This is a form of child hypnosis in which magic stories, finger puppets and magic wands are used to create short and quickly changing pleasant trance experiences that distract the child from the actual event. Only if the little patient has complete confidence in the treatment team can he or she feel comfortable and hypnosis of the child become possible. Therefore, the following aspects belong to child hypnosis: Use of positive terms (e.g. “You may now …”) Explanation of the procedure in child-friendly language Telling stories of continuous physical contact that gives a feeling of security and security Strengthening of the positive feeling through praise

Further information and an explanation of different techniques of child hypnosis can be found at www. Zahnarzt.html. The course of a children’s hypnosis session is described in detail here: A list of dentists who work with hypnosis can be found at

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