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Kids & Hospital Dentistry

Posted on June 15th, 2023

Johnstown dentists, Dr. Walsh & Dr. Kalec at Johnstown Dental Care discusses pediatric dental procedures in hospitals—why they might happen, and how to provide reassurance to your child.Factors such as a child’s age, level of anxiety, developmental issues, and the length of treatment needed are all considered when hospital dentistry is recommended.  There are times when a patient must be unconscious for safe completion of a dental procedure. Some examples are:

  • Procedures that take longer than usual, or more than one procedure being performed on the same day
  • Medical condition, disability, or young age that makes extended treatment duration difficult
  • Complicated procedures that would make pain intolerable if conscious

Your child will ask you questions about the hospital and may be apprehensive. Keep the language you use simple, choosing your words with care.

  • Avoid words like “cut”, “needle”, “shot”, and “sew”
  • It may help to say that mouths sometimes have to be fixed in the hospital, and that other kids just like them have to have their mouths fixed in the hospital sometimes, too
  • It may take your child a few days to take in all the information, and they may continue asking questions. Johnstown Dental Care will help you find clear ways to explain things if you are having trouble finding the words.

Your child’s safety and well-being are always of utmost importance to Johnstown Dental Care. Our team will work with you, with the hospital, and with any other medical professional connected to your child’s treatment to ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Never hesitate to ask any questions you may have—we are here to help! Get in touch with your Johnstown dentist 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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