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Does My Child Have to Have a Shot to Get Dental Work?

Posted on July 27th, 2020

Does my child have to have a shot to get dental work?No one of any age gets shots in their mouth for fun, and fear of needles (trypanophobia) is a documented condition. Children may fear shots because they seem so unfamiliar, with a fear of potential pain. Does your child have to have a shot to get dental work? It will depend on the procedure being done, and what Dr. Dassani advises.

Pain relief methods that do not require a shot include:

  • Topical anesthetic alone numbs the gums enough for most children to tolerate dental work.
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can relax a child but isn’t appropriate for all kids.
  • Oral sedation may be effective pain relief for young children receiving extensive care.
  • Laser therapies can eliminate the need for shots.

Some other ways to calm a child who fears shots:

  • Demonstrate a small pinch on their arm to show how a shot could feel, substituting words like “sleepy juice” and “tickling your teeth” that seem less scary. Don’t lie about pain— but avoid horror stories!
  • Have the child meet the dentist at a separate appointment where no dental work is being done so they can meet the staff, ask questions, and get more comfortable with our office at Dassani Dentistry.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re happy to help! Get in touch with us today.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

About Meghna Dassani, DMD

Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!

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