Typically, even as adults, if you wait and expect something to be miserable, chances are it will be. The same goes for children, if they are sitting and anticipating the dentist visit to be excruciatingly painful and unbearable, they will have built it so much in their minds that the situation will, ,be unbearable. So, how do we combat this? Prevent the child from experiencing the situation altogether. Sedation dentistry helps your child from ever becoming incredibly afraid of the dentist.