Oral Health

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Posted by: Samantha | 2010/10/05

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Sedative for 9 year old boy.

What sedative/tranquilizer can I give my 9 year old son before going to the dentist?Yesterday I received a quote for extracting two teeth = R1479.00 and for an anesthetist to come out another R3500.00, which is ridiculous. Is there a safe sedative that I can give him to just REALLY calm him down. Once the doctor numbs the mouth, everything will be ok.

The dentist supplies the numbing injection....that''s exactly what my son does not want to see! I will contact my GP and my pharmacist whom I know since I was a kid.


My son has a defect in two of his teeth....these two teeth do not have any enamel in them, causing them to get brittle and breaking off piece by piece. Once has broken off to the extent that it can''t be extracted, but has to be " cut"  out. My son fears the dentist more than anything else and he won''t sit still or allow the dentist near him. Many a time we had to walk out halfway through just looking into my son''s mouth.


Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

You cannot give a sedative/tranquilizer to ANYONE unless supervised by a medical professional let alone a child.

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Posted by: Samantha | 2010/10/05

I appreciate the honest answer. Any suggestions? Can I get my GP to give him a sedative just before he goes to the dentist?

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Posted by: dental expert | 2010/10/05

You cannot give a sedative/tranquilizer to ANYONE unless supervised by a medical professional let alone a child.

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