Posted in Dental Health, Preschoolers

advice/thoughts for child dental work

I was told recently that my 5 year old needs one silver cap/crown over one molar. They also are highly pushing me to use nitrous gas to “sedate” him for the silver cap. I’m very hesitant to do that especially because because I dont know if I can wait longer to get it done since they are baby teeth, or if anyone’s been in similar situation and got it done and how there experience was. I’m scared to give him the gas because of all the stories out there with kids being allergic and things end badly. Looking for advice, experiences, thoughts. Thanks in advance

  • Hellen
    Jan 14

    I would not give the gas. But would for sure treat his teeth. Although they are baby teeth, they can jeopardize the teeth that are still to come. My daughter was only 2 and a half when she broke her two frontal teeth, and needed a filling, because just leave it would be terrible for her positioning of teeth in the future, so we took her a million times to the dentist, until she was familiar to everything and let them do it without any gas.

  • Jen
    Jan 14

    No I would t do the gas maybe you should get a second opinion

  • Anne
    Jan 14

    We had to get two silver crowns. They actually wanted to completely sedate our child (full anesthesia) and we said no. Nitrous is very safe, but it wasn't enough for our child. We ended up doing nitrous and some kind of sedative medication... he was loopy but was able to get through the procedure without being completely asleep. The crown procedure is intense and some children will just not be able to get through it without some form of sedation. But I always recommend seeking a second opinion. We had one dentist who was very pushy about it and we found one who was willing to try different things we felt were safer.

  • Ashly
    Jan 14

    My oldest had three crowns at three, she was sedated and she was fine afterwards so issues or problems

  • T
    Jan 15

    I’d get a 2nd opinion. Also not many dentist especially pediatric dentist do the silver anymore. See if you can get it the same color as his teeth is the procedure is deemed necessary.

  • Brandy
    Jan 15

    My son is terrified of the dentist. No matter how happy we try to make it. I wish you luck. I would have the same question because he gets very worked up. Good luck. Let us know what you choose.

  • Chrystal
    Jan 15

    My dentist didn't ask if we wanted it for our then 2 year old (now 3.5). It was s terrifying experience for him getting a crown with no nitrous (he had weak enamel, despite lots of brushing, still got a cavity). Screaming and fighting the whole time. It took me and 2 nurses to hold him down for the procedure. And getting him to trust a dentist again has been a struggle ever since. The shot they put in your gums numbs your mouth but it doesn't help you to not be afraid and anxious. Nitrous oxide is safe, when they are done, they give oxygen to clear it from your system. Some people feel sick while on it, but that usually means the amount needs adjusted. Try to avoid a large meal right before hand, that can cause some nausea. I recommend letting then give the gas to your little one, the dentist can be scary, let them relieve that anxiety a bit.