Prevention is Key

While our practice is centered on prevention, when treatment needs to be provided to your child we offer the most advanced care possible

Cleanings and Exams:

What to Expect During a Children’s Dental Exam

An initial stress-free visit is scheduled to acquaint your child with the dentist, the office, and the instruments we use. We also count teeth and attempt a simple look into their mouths for a quick, non-invasive assessment. On later appointments, we perform thorough exams to determine the condition of your child’s teeth and make appropriate treatment suggestions.

Your Child’s First Dental Cleaning
Dental cleanings remove hardened plaque or stubborn tartar, which is impossible to remove with a toothbrush or floss. During the cleaning, we use special child-friendly instruments to gently clean and polish your child’s enamel, protecting them from cavities. Depending on the state of their teeth, we may also add sealants.

If plaque has built up on your child’s teeth, we may attempt a gentle cleaning on the first visit if they feel comfortable. However, it’s important to keep this experience as positive as possible.

An Ounce of Prevention Can Save A Smile
Your child’s oral health is a direct reflection of their total well-being. It is important that you and your children receive regular dental care to avoid serious problems from developing. Gums also need consistent and professional care to keep them healthy. Prevention and early intervention treatments are the best way to prevent serious gum disease and more invasive procedures. 

Invest in regular cleanings and exams to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful. Call us today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

Restorations:

When decay is present or trauma occurs dental restorations can be placed to restore natural function and esthetics. We use the most advance materials and procedures to make sure your child’s teeth receive the best treatment available today. If you have any questions or concerns about dental materials please reach out to our team

Sedation:

In contrast to general anesthesia, which renders the child unconscious, dental sedation is only intended to reduce the child’s anxiety and discomfort during dental visits.  In some cases, the child may become drowsy or less active while sedated, but this will quickly desist after the procedure is completed.

Sedation is used in several circumstances.  Firstly, very young children are often unable to keep still long enough for the pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely.  Sedation makes the visit less stressful for both children and adults and vastly reduces the risk of injury.  Secondly, some children struggle to manage anxiety during dental appointments.  Sedation helps them to relax, cope, and feel happier about treatment.  

What are the most common types of sedation?

Most pediatric dentists have several sedation options available, and each one comes with its own particular benefits.  The dentist will assess the medical history of the child, the expected duration of the procedure, and the child’s comfort level before recommending a method of sedation.

Conscious sedation allows children to continually communicate, follow instructions, and cooperate during the entire procedure.  The major methods of conscious sedation are described below:

Nitrous oxide – The pediatric dentist may recommend nitrous oxide for children who exhibit particular signs of nervousness or anxiety.  Nitrous oxide is delivered via a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose.  Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen – meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Laughing gas relaxes children extremely quickly, and can produce happy, euphoric behavior. It is also quick acting, painless to deliver, and wears off within a matter of minutes. Before removing the mask completely, we deliver regular oxygen for several minutes, to ensure the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the child’s body.  On rare occasions, nitrous oxide may cause nausea. For this reason, most pediatric dentists suggest minimal food intake prior to the appointment.

Oral sedation – Children who are anxious, uncooperative, or unable to control their muscles for prolonged periods, may be offered an oral sedative.  Oral sedatives come in many different forms (usually tablets, pills, and liquids), and may make the child feel drowsy.  If oral sedatives are to be used, the pediatric dentist may require parents to prepare the child before the appointment.  Some common preparatory measures may include: limiting food and fluid intake prior to the appointment, having the child wear comfortable clothing to the appointment, and preparing to stay with the child for several hours after the appointment.  Oral sedatives rarely produce serious side effects; nausea is among the most common.

Deep Sedation in cooperation with a Dentist Anesthesiologist can be used when the child’s age or level of cooperation do not allow a procedure to otherwise be performed safely or the child has a condition which limits cooperation or the ability to follow instructions.

If you have questions or concerns about sedation techniques, please contact our practice.

Silver Diamine Fluoride:

Silber Diamine Fluoride can be used in specific circumstances to help slow the progression of decay, reduce sensitivity in certain teeth or delay the restoration of decayed teeth until the child is old enough to receive care with or without sedation. While Silver Diamine Fluoride has many positives, parents and caregivers should be aware that it will turn the decayed area of a tooth a dark black color. This color is a sign that the decay has been arrested, but can be a cause for concern from parents. Please ask us whether or not Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment is a possibility for your child with decay.

We Make it Fun

Treatment is made more enjoyable for your child through the use of TVs with headphones above every treatment chair showing the most current movies and shows.