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

Posted on December 27th, 2020

Lincoln & Grass Valley dentist Dr. Kucera of Caring Tree Children’s Dentistry discusses dental pain relief options for children who have a hard time with needles and getting shots.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. Kucera 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.
  • 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 Caring Tree Children’s 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.

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