Pediatric Dental Services
Cleaning and Exam
We recommend coming in every 6 months for a full examination, cleaning, and X-rays if needed. Coming consistently also allows your child to get used to coming the dentist, allowing for a more fun and positive experience!
Our office uses digital X-rays to reduce radiation exposure and provide the best diagnostic quality. X-rays are taken usually once a year unless there is an issue which would require us to take them more frequently. Please note that X-rays are an important tool for us to be able to evaluate your child’s oral health condition. If you have any questions about the safety of dental X-rays, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Oral Hygeine Instruction and Nutrition Counseling
At each visit, our office will provide education about what how to properly care for your teeth, and information on what foods and habits cause cavities to help you fight them in between your dental visits.
There is strong evidence in the effectiveness of fluoride to help prevent tooth decay and we will place fluoride at each visit on your child. We do acknowledge that some disagree with this statement, and if your family is “fluoride-free” we will respect your decision and discuss other products you can use to help prevent cavities.
Sealants are a protecting coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where most cavities in children are found. It acts as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid that create cavities.
These are metal retainers used to prevent the loss of space between teeth when a tooth has been lost early.
After your child’s exam, Dr. Bri will review your child’s treatment needs with you. Every child and every tooth’s needs is different, and Dr. Bri will do her best to explain to you why a specific treatment was selected. If you have any questions after a treatment plan has been made, please be sure to ask!
Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a gas used in combination with oxygen to produce a mild sedative effect in young and fearful patients. The gas is administered through a mask that we have the patient wear on their nose. With nitrous oxide, your child will be awake and conscious through the procedure. The effects of the gas are mild and it can be quickly eliminated from your child’s body at the end of the procedure. In children that have mild fear or anxiety about coming to the dentist, we find that nitrous oxide can help the appointment be a success.
Oral Sedation is when oral medications are given to your child if they are particularly anxious or fearful about dental treatment. While your child will still be conscious during the appointment, they will most likely be drowsy while they are under the effects of the medication. Oral sedation is most successful in specific situations, depending on your child’s temperament and the amount of work your child needs. If the doctor feels oral sedation is a good option for your child, they will discuss that with you at their appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the procedure or medications given.
General Anesthesia is when medications are given to your child to have them go fully asleep during their dental treatment. This is completed by a medical doctor who works with our dental team to ensure the safety of your child. General anesthesia is indicated for children who we could not safely treat under other sedation options due to their anxiety, age, or if they have special needs that would not allow them to cooperate for treatment. If general anesthesia is recommended, please know that your child’s safety is our first priority and we will answer any and all questions that you have regarding the procedure.