Dental Anxiety

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Gentle Care For Anxious Kids

Kids of all ages may be nervous about seeing the dentist, particularly if they need a treatment like a filling. The process can seem scary, and they may be anxious and intimidated by their appointment. At Timber Kids Dentistry, we’re here to help. Our board-certified dentists in Ashland provide gentle and approachable care for kids of all ages. Contact us now to schedule an appointment today.

How We Help With Dental Anxiety

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Gentle approach

Our dentists have treated hundreds of anxious kids. Our team is patient, child-friendly, and uses a gentle approach as well as advanced behavior management techniques to keep your child distracted, ensure they’re comfortable, and get them through their procedure with less stress and anxiety.

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Informative dentistry

We can sit down with you and your child, discuss the procedure, and explain things in a child-friendly way that will make your little one feel less anxious and nervous about their appointment in Ashland.

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Sedation dentistry

Sedation is an excellent way to help kids fight back against feelings of anxiety and fear. We offer minimal sedation with laughing gas, which is one of the safest and most effective ways to sedate children of all ages. Schedule an appointment now to see if sedation is right for your child.

Laughing Gas Sedation For Kids

At our office, we recommend laughing gas sedation for most kids. Laughing gas does not require any needles or pills, and is delivered through a comfortable nose mask. Your child will simply inhale through the mask, and their pediatric dentist will send a stream of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through the mask.

As your child breathes in this gas, they will begin to feel more comfortable and relaxed. The gas takes effect immediately, reducing feelings of anxiety, fear, and pain. Your child will feel happy and euphoric, which makes it a lot easier to get the care they need.

One great benefit of laughing gas sedation is that it wears off quickly and has mild side effects. The gas wears off after about 5 minutes, so you and your little one can get back to your daily routines immediately after your appointment.

Whether your child has dental anxiety, is scared of needles, or has a strong gag reflex, laughing gas sedation may be a good choice for them. To learn more, get in touch with Timber Kids Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists.

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Other Sedation Options

While we prefer to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation at Timber Kids Dentistry, we can also offer a variety of other sedation options upon request. This includes pill or liquid-based oral sedation and IV sedation, which can help your child sleep through their appointment and forget most of what happens during their procedure.

We even can offer general anesthesia. In this method of sedation, your child will be totally unconscious and won’t feel anything or remember anything that happens during their procedure. However, this is usually reserved for major oral surgeries, since the process is more complex and expensive, and requires the use of a ventilator to help your child breathe.

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