Your child’s first dental experience should be a positive, stress-free one! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend a dental exam within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday. At this checkup we can evaluate the oral cavity for tooth decay or other problems, and demonstrate how to properly care for your child’s teeth. We look forward to establishing healthy habits that will lead to a lifetime of good oral health.
Restorative Dental Services
We utilize the latest and greatest technology to make restorative dentistry comfortable and efficient. From the use of ultra low radiation digital x-rays, electronic health records, and high resolution magnification, we are committed to providing the best outcomes for our patients.
Injuries to the face, mouth and teeth are common among children. We are here to help you in the time of an emergency. Do not panic, stay calm and determine the extent of injury. First, assess whether or not you child’s injury caused loss consciousness even for a brief moment. If this is the case, your child should see a physician immediately. If a permanent tooth is avulsed (knocked out), clean the tooth by handling it with the crown and not the root. Gently rinse the tooth of dirt with cold water. Do not unnecessarily scrub the root. Then place the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to replant the tooth, place it milk or cold water and call our office immediately. Time is the determining factor for saving the tooth, and we will ensure that your child is seen immediately. For other dental injuries, please Contact Us for specific instructions and we will ensure that your child is seen quickly and all issues are addressed.
Growth and Development
As a child grows and matures, many indications become apparent that your child’s teeth or jaws may not develop into normal position and biting relationships. Pediatric dentists are specially trained in the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. Interceptive orthodontics addresses these early problems and may reduce or eliminate your child’s need for more costly and lengthy treatment in the future.
Sedation and Behavior Guidance
Your child’s comfort is vital to promoting positive experiences at our office. Whenever possible, basic behavior guidance techniques are employed to ensure the safety of your child. We are also specially trained in the following advanced management techniques:
Nitrous oxide (N2O) or laughing gas, is colorless, sweet-smelling, and nonirritating and when administered will create a state of mild relaxation. This technique is advantageous for those patients that experience mild anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. This technique’s use is dependent upon the level of anxiety of the patient.
Oral Conscious Sedation involves an appropriate dose of medication that will make your child sleepy throughout their appointment. Sedated patients are closely monitored by our highly trained doctors and staff. This technique is quite useful for mildly anxious patients or those that require multiple, lengthy, or more difficult procedures.
General Anesthesia allows our doctors to provide all necessary treatment with no psychological impact to your child. We treat patients under general anesthesia in our office, at local outpatient surgery centers, or at a specialty children’s hospital, depending on the situation. This technique is ideal for the very young, very anxious, and those with special health care needs that may not allow them to cooperate in a conventional dental setting.