My Child Needs A Root Canal And I’m Nervous – What Should I Do?

If your child has a severely decayed tooth and you’ve been told that they need a root canal, you may be nervous or even panicking. How can you make sure they get the care they need without fear and anxiety? 

Don’t panic! Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. Our pediatric dentists are standing by to save your child’s tooth, and we offer a kid-friendly environment and sedation to ensure their comfort. Read on to learn more about what to do if your child needs a root canal. 

1. Schedule An Appointment With Sea Of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Right Away

The sooner your child gets a root canal, the more likely it is that their tooth can be saved. This is obviously important for permanent adult teeth, but it’s important for baby teeth, too. Though baby teeth fall out naturally, they need to remain in place until the adult teeth emerge to ensure proper oral development.

So don’t wait. Call us at (267) 392-5878 to schedule a consultation in Yardley, Bensalem, or Warrington. No matter where you are, our doctors are here to help. 

2. Stay Calm Around Your Child To Keep Them Feeling Comfortable

Panicking or acting anxious around your child may scare them. The best way to handle the situation is to stay calm. Even if you’re feeling nervous, do your best to act confident, take control of the situation, and get your child the help they need!

3. Don’t Worry About Pain Or Discomfort – We’re Here To Help!

We know that you may be worried about your child feeling pain during their treatment. But don’t be concerned! We use the latest dental tools, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and numbing to ensure your child’s comfort. We even offer sedation dentistry to ensure they feel relaxed and calm.

Despite what you may have learned from pop culture, root canals don’t hurt during treatment. And while your child’s tooth may feel a little sore and tender for a few days after their root canal, they will feel much less pain compared to a toothache caused by an infected tooth. A root canal is actually the best way to relieve their discomfort! 

4. Make Sure Your Child Feels Comfortable Before Their Appointment 

If your child is in a lot of pain, you can give them children’s Motrin (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with their discomfort. Orajel or a similar topical numbing product can also help with pain. Icing the outside of their mouth near the tooth will also help numb it and reduce pain.

We have lots of activities for kids at our office, but you can also bring a tablet, children’s books, and anything else your child needs while they wait. Bringing a favorite item like a favorite blanket or stuffed animal can also help comfort your little one while they wait for their treatment.

5. Stay With Your Little One To Comfort Them

We let parents stay with their kids during treatment, which helps them stay calm. Since you’re there, they’ll know that everything will be okay!

And don’t worry. Your child will be in good hands. Our pediatric dentists and dental team are friendly, approachable, and have a fun, child-focused approach to dental care. Your little one will be safe and comfortable while they get the care they need.

Schedule Your Child’s Root Canal Treatment Today! 

If your child has an infected tooth, the best thing to do is get treatment right away. You’ll save their tooth, eliminate their pain and discomfort, and minimize the risk of future complications like tooth loss. So don’t wait. Contact Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry online to schedule your child’s consultation in Yardley, Bensalem, or Warrington today.