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Some of the questions that need to be asked prior to deciding the best management option for your child include:

  • How old is your child?
  • What was their previous dental history?
  • Is complex treatment required?
  • How long can they sit still in the chair?
  • How long can they keep their mouth open?
  • Will they be able to tolerate local anaesthetic?
  • Do they have a strong gag reflex?
  • How many teeth need treatment?
  • Which option allows for the highest standard of treatment?

A general anaesthetic allows all treatment and x-rays to be completed in one appointment, whereas 4-5 appointments with local anaesthetic/nitrous oxide may be required in the dental surgery. This will minimise your child having a negative experience or developing a fear of going to the dentist.

Many adults that are anxious about dental treatment usually have had a negative childhood experience. Children have a lifetime of dental visits to come!

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