Our practice covers a variety of restorative procedures. We are dedicated to delivering pediatric dentistry in a manner that is safe and easy for patients to tolerate. Dental services are available to infants, children and teens.
Hygiene and Prevention
We recommend that all children are examined by the dentist periodically every 6 months. In addition to dental cleanings, we offer fluoride and sealants to help reduce cavities from penetrating the surface of teeth. Topical applications of fluoride are effective by making the dental enamel more insoluble to acid attacks, therefore making the tooth resistant to decay. Sealants are placed to fill in the natural surfaces of molars which tend to have pits and grooves that trap in food and bacteria. Sometimes that food and bacteria are impossible to reach with a toothbrush, so by applying and maintaining sealants over the molar teeth, cavities have less of a chance to form in the pits and grooves. We recommend that sealants be touched up every 3-5 years to prevent extended care on molars, as sealants do not last forever. Be sure to talk to our dental team about our recommended post care instructions to avoid further treatment in the future.
Nitrous oxide is a colorless with a faint, sweet smell. N2O efficiently reduces mild pain and anxiety while causing a feeling of euphoria. In children, minimizing the amount of perceived pain and anxiety may expedite the delivery of dental procedures that are not particularly uncomfortable, but require that the patient stay still for the length of the appointment. Nitrous oxide is a safe alternative to managing children who have anxiety with little to no side effects. Based on the treatment needs of the patient, the doctor may recommend using nitrous oxide to minimize fear and enhance communication between the doctor and patient.
Sedation dentistry is an option sometimes offered as a means to facilitate dental care. Sedation is recommended for the uncooperative child who is unable to handle sitting through regular dental procedures do to fear or lack of mental maturity. Some patients with physical or mental disabilities may also be candidates for sedation. The goals behind why the doctor may recommend sedation are: to guard patient's safety, to minimize physical discomfort, to control anxiety thereby minimizing psychological trauma, and to allow the safe completion of a procedure. Medications are administered by mouth at the time of the appointment. There are a variety of medications that can be prescribed for the procedure. The choice of drug is based off of the child's needs. At the time when the recommendation for oral conscious sedation is made we will review all instructions and will be happy to answer any questions about the procedure and medications.
Prior to the sedation appointment
Make sure the office is aware of the child's complete medical history, including any recent updates. Children who are scheduled for a sedation should be in healthy condition so monitor your child closely to make sure they do not get a cold or fever at any time leading up to the appointment.
Patients are instructed to fast for at least 8 hours prior to the appointment to limit potential complications during the sedation procedure. Medication that your child normally takes should be given at least two hours prior to the appointment with just enough water to pass the medication down.
Dress your child in comfortable light clothing on the day of the procedure. Please make sure children are not wearing jewelry and do not have ponytails or hair ties that will prevent the patient from resting their head comfortably on the head rest.
After the child is medicated it is important that parents closely supervise children so they do not lose their balance and fall. Parents must stay in the office until treatment is complete.
Post Sedation / Recovery
At the end of the appointment your child may still be drowsy. Following treatment we recommend that you continue to closely supervise your child for the next 24 hours. Patients may want to go to sleep when they get home. If they take a nap make sure they are positioned on their side in a safe area away from heavy blankets or large pillows.
It is important to keep the child hydrated, so encourage them to drink regularly after they arrive home. A soft bland diet is recommended. This includes no dairy products to limit potential nausea.
It may be normal for the patient to have nausea post treatment. If patient vomits, position them on their side so they do not aspirate any stomach contents.
It may be normal for there to be some temporary oral discomfort following treatment. Most pain can my managed with children's Ibuprofen. Sometimes patients may complain of discomfort immediately after treatment which most of the time is the effect of local anesthetic used to numb the teeth. This tends to wear off in 1-2 hours post treatment.