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Filling with No Laughing Gas

my daughter (5) is getting a filling done on her birthday (next friday i know what a day to get it done but i know im off that day). anyways we saw her new dentist today since moving from california. we really like him. the only thing im worried about is that they do not use laughing gas when doing dental work on little ones. i just dont want my daughter to fear having work done. i explain what will happen to her and make it understandable and answer her questions. but i dont know how she will handle the needle pokes. with her first 2 she had done by her previous dentist she did wonderful not a peep out of her. i expect some tears but like i said i dont want her to fear the dentist.
how did your little ones do getting dental work done with out laughing gas?

edit- there are few dentist that take state insurance out here. my only other choice is an hour and a half drive away.

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thank you for all your fast answers. her dentist is a pediatric dentist and is highly reccomended. my daughter has no idea that i am nervous about this proceedure. as i was nervous about the first time she had cavities filled. the staff at her dentist is very kind and child oriented. like some of you said im basically over thinking it and i need to stop. i just dont want her to fear the dentist. she is a brave girl and we will probably watch youtube to see how a filling is done :)

addition- she had her filling done in about 5 mins. it was shallow enough to not be numbed. we got there 15 mins early and were out 10 mins later :) she did amazing and the dentist was very good with her told her everything and was very fast. im totally pleased to see my baby walk away feeling good about seeing her new dentist

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I've never heard of using laughing gas for fillings. My dentist uses a numbing gel on the gum where he inserts a needle and gives a little squirt of numbing medication. My daughter once had a filling when she was younger and it was so superficial that no numbing medication was needed and she didn't feel a thing.

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I am a pediatric dentist, so hopefully I can shed a little light on your question.

When I evaluate a child, I treat each child individually and make a determination on what the best type of treatment is for that specific child. It also depends on the amount and type of treatment that needs to be accomplished. The goal is always to prevent any dental fear from developing and complete the treatment safely and comfortably and it really depends on each individual child.

In other words, one 5 year old may need laughing gas, another may need general anesthesia, and another may only need gentle TLC!

If you are seeing a pediatric dental specialist, then I would hope that they made the determination of what the best approach is to treat your daughter.

Good luck!

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I have never had laughing gas and had a few cavities filled as a child, I have ever had issues with going to the dentist.
My daughter had 3 small cavities when she was 4 or 5 (none since, thankfully, and she is 8 now). Our dentist did not use gas, just novocaine. She did great, handled it like a trooper. And she has had no negative responses to the dentist since, in fact all of my kids enjoy going to the dentist. I guess I have nothing to compare it to since I have never experienced a filling with gas, either personally or through my children. But we did fine, I am sure she will to.

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He doesn't use it at all, or your insurance doesn't pay for it?

If your insurance doesn't pay for it, go ahead and pay. I would not have the work done without laughing gas. Instead, I'd find another dentist. I really would.

D.

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I've never heard of using laughing gas for fillings. My dentist uses a numbing gel on the gum where he inserts a needle and gives a little squirt of numbing medication. My daughter once had a filling when she was younger and it was so superficial that no numbing medication was needed and she didn't feel a thing.

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Our dentist is a pediatric dentist and he puts the kids out using general anesthesia. Not gas in any form. They wake up ready to go and happy. I wouldn't want it any other way. I can't imagine how scared and unhappy they would be any other way.

I would find a different dentist.

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My grandchildren see a pediatric dentist who does use laughing gas. I would see if I could find one in your area. It really makes a difference in terms of comfort. My grandchildren actually ask when they're going to see the dentist again.

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My son was 3 (4 now) when he had work done at the dentist. I was terrified thinking of how horrible it was going to be and how much pain he was going to experience. To my surprise he did great and did not shed a single tear. There was no laughing has, just the noral numbing gel and injection. He had some discomfort afterwards but I imagine even with laughing gas you have discomfort afterwards? She will do fine just let her know what's going on while she's there and hold her hand. I know for a fact that I tend to worry and freak myself out a lot so I try not to let my son see me that way.

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My youngest has this huge aversion to flouride treatments. So when she had her first cavity, her dentist suggested putting her under. We thought she'd be inconsolable. Fortunately, my husband found another pediatric dentist who said it was absurd and she'd be just fine. He was right. They just talked to her, she watched a movie and no big deal. She was probably 5 also.

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