Children are special and require special care from their doctors and families. At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors see a range of patients for a variety of procedures, including young children. As parents, we want to prepare our children the best we can for surgery. Here are some talking points to consider when discussing oral surgery with your child:
- It is good practice to avoid words such as hurt or pain that children can hear. Likewise, indicating to a child that this won’t hurt or saying something like she will not hurt you registers to the child as something that probably will, in fact, hurt.
- It is preferable to bring the child to a consultation so that they can see the environment and the staff can individualize how to treat the child.
- Let your child interact with the oral surgeon and staff to help them feel more comfortable.
- Talk about the treatment plan because preparation can alleviate anxiety and better prepare them for successful oral surgery. Kids of all ages cope better when they know what is going on and understand why.
- Talk to your child through discomfort and anxieties and always stay informed so that you are there to answer any questions your child may have and provide reassurance that the procedure is happening to improve his or her overall oral health and well-being.
- Follow pre- and post-operative instructions closely to help your child’s procedure and recovery be as smooth as possible
In addition to providing a wide variety of anesthesia options to make your child as comfortable as possible, our practice also offers Exparel®, an alternative pain management option that is administered to the surgical site and provides prolonged pain relief for up to 72 hours. Exparel is not an opioid or narcotic and works to reduce or eliminate the need for opioid pain medications. Feel free to visit the anesthesia page on our website to learn more about anesthesia and alternative pain relief options.
While oral surgery can potentially be a stressful topic for you and your child, it doesn’t have to be. It is important to remain informed and comfortable throughout every step of the process. Please visit the following resources on our site to learn more information about some of the procedures that we regularly treat children for.