Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services for your children. Our flexibility in our services saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.
We provide many preventative measures to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy, including sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate the parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, including thumb sucking, bruxism and baby bottle tooth decay.
Sometimes children are uncooperative when trying to examine, clean, or fix their teeth. When a child is uncooperative, the pediatric dentist has many different tools and techniques to help manage this challenging behavior. Here is a list and description of some for the most common techniques that the pediatric dentist will use:
Tell, Show, Do: This is technique is used to explain every procedure to the child and
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Often children are given nitrous oxide, or what some know as laughing gas, to relax a child for their dental treatment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, and quickly eliminated from the body prior to departure. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Conscious Sedation is recommended for very young or apprehensive children. It is used to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even begin to drift to sleep, but they will not lose consciousness.
There are a variety of effective medications that can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning this procedure.
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired.
This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While there are assumed risks, the benefits of treatment in this manner have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are chronic dental pain or swelling, multiple appointments, or potential for physical restraint to complete treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.