Effective Pain Management for Kids
By Matthew K. Geneser, DDS
Pain is the prototypical psychological response to nociceptive stimuli. Response to a stimulus varies greatly from one person to another and the characterization of pain in an individual can vary over time. The delivery of quality oral health care relies heavily on the ability to prevent and relieve pain. Controlling pain is the key to successful dental treatment of nearly all patients, particularly children. It wasn’t long ago that many in the medical community doubted that children, particularly infants, were susceptible to pain. This notion has been disproven and recent studies suggest that children begin to show developmental changes in response to painful stimuli early in infancy.