Just found out that my 3yr old needs 2 root canals. None of my other children had cavities this young. should I get a second opinion? Also the dentist said they want to give him "happy juice" made from a mixture of demerol and an antihistimine. Is there another option?
Does this dentist specialize in pediatric dentistry? If not, you may want to find someone who does for another opinion. They can give children sedation. My son was three when he had surgery on his kidney and they gave him Versed prior to taking him down to sedate him a little. He was like a little drunken sailor with this loopy grin. It is very frightening when your child has to have a procedure like this done. I havent heard of this particular "happy juice" mixture but I would want the person giving it to be very familiar with giving sedation to small children. Demerol is easy to reverse the effects of-it just takes a little narcan-but I would want to make sure someone is carefully monitoring the childs respirations and such. If you have concerns, be sure the dentist explains everything and answers all of your questions. If it bothers you that Demerol is being used ask if there is any other concoction that will work as well. Most kids this age will not tolerate injections to numb them without some kind of sedation. If they do not answer everything to your satisfaction then go to someone else. The baby will need these teeth for another 3-4 years or more depending on which teeth are being worked on so it is worth having them done but there is always the alternative of pulling the teeth and waiting for the permanent. Most dentists say it is better to keep the baby teeth to guide the permanent teeth in.
When my daughter got her tongue clipped they gave her something oral ( I wish I could remember the name ) and they also gave her "laughing gas " Like the previous poster said, make sure that the dentist or periodontist specializes in children. I would call the office and ask the dosage of the demerol they are planning on giving him. Then I would call the pharmacy and tell them the info. They should be able to tell you the proper dosage for his age and weight. A root canal is much more involved than simply getting a cavity filled it takes quite a long time. Especially if they are doing both at the same time. I would imagine that it would be nearly impossible to do this procedure on a 3 year old without sedation. When my oldest son was 18 months old he had to have an ultrasound of his heart. They sedated him because he was scared and wouldn't lie still. So it's not unusual for children to be sedated in some situations. I hope this helps. Good Luck to you and your little one! -Alem
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