A Lifetime of Good Oral Health
Fluorides have been the most effective method of preventing tooth decay. Because teeth form during childhood, the fluoride becomes part of the tooth enamel, making teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. We will assess your child's needs and prescribe the proper dosage to manage their needs.
Often times, we can detect developmental problems and treat the child before they would normally have braces placed. Managing crowding teeth at its earliest signs can frequently prevent a child from needing complete orthodontic treatment in the future. Our office is able to accommodate many early signs of these problems. However, if we feel that a stronger form of correction is needed, we have developed a strong relationship with local orthodontists and will refer them accordingly.
Sealants are a clear, acrylic-like material that help shield out decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are to be applied to a child's primary (baby) molars by the age of three or four years. Once the six-year molars appear, it is best to apply sealants as soon as possible. As a child's most cavity-prone years continue until the mid-teens, the premolars should also be sealed as they appear.
Some young children have a tendency to be fearful of dental treatment or are not able to relax comfortably in a new environment. Several forms of sedative treatment are available to help with this problem. The use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or an oral sedative can often times help your child’s dental experience.
In Office Surgery
We offer our young patients with extensive dental needs to be completed in our office with the aid of general anesthesia. Both of our offices have these general anesthesia options available. Our doctors also have privileges at Sacred Heart Medical Center, in the event the hospital setting is recommended for your child. In office general anesthesia with a licensed anesthesiologist and out-patient hospital at Sacred Heart Hospital is also an option offered.
Preschool Field Trips
We offer field trips to area preschools & daycares for a fun dental experience. During the field trip the children will get to watch an educational video featuring Dudley the Dinosaur, with question and answer time afterwards. We will demonstrate how to brush teeth with our puppet. They will get to play on our boat and in our grass hut and check out our many fish tanks featuring Nemo. We will then separate the children into small groups, depending on group size, and show the children the dental cleaning instruments and allow them to touch and feel the “Tickle Brush” or “Spinning toothbrush” and “Mr. Thirsty” (suction). They will get to see how we take pictures (x-rays) of the teeth and view some actual x-rays. We furnish a goody bag for each child when leaving the office. We always encourage parents to come along!
Sedation Options for Treatment
We are committed to providing safe and effective sedation options for our patients. We use all of the appropriate equipment to monitor vital signs, and maintain the necessary emergency equipment and medicine to safely perform each case.
Our goal is to help minimize or even eliminate the emotional stress that can be associated with dental treatment. We will treat your children with the utmost compassion and empathy, and do everything we can to make their visits with us as pleasant and non-threatening as possible.
We offer three different types of sedation: Nitrous Oxide, Oral Conscious Sedation and General Anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is one of the safest and most predictable sedative agents available in dentistry, and has been used safely for decades. It is administered with a mixture of oxygen, and helps relax and calm our patients within a few minutes. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are awake and can still communicate with us during treatment.
Some children because of their young age or due to the large amount of treatment they require would benefit from something more than what nitrous oxide or oral sedation can provide. Office based anesthesia is an option that our dental team may discuss with you. With office based anesthesia your child is put to sleep for the dental procedure by a dentist anesthesiologist while the pediatric dentist completes the dental treatment in one visit. Our anesthesiologist, Dr. Mark Bottorff, has worked with our office since 2005 and is an expert with sedating children.
Oral Conscious Sedation
The medicine is given in the office; your child can watch a movie or play quietly while we wait for the medicine to take effect. Conscious sedation has the benefit of making children drowsy and less reactive during dental treatment. Every child reacts differently. Half of the children that are sedated respond extremely well to the sedation. There is little to no crying or distress. Some may drift off to sleep, but be woken easily.
The other half of the children that are sedated will respond completely differently. These children will display different degrees of uncooperativeness. Some may fuss a bit throughout the procedure, while others will cry, yell and be angry. We cannot guarantee that your child will not have any negative reactions; we can promise that our staff will give your child the same care and compassion that each of us would give our own children.