Pediatric DentistryAs patients, children are often more difficult than adults. Oral health care for children thus entails special tactics and methods to make children's dentistry procedures easier, including sedation, distractions like toys, TV, etc.
My child has dental anxiety
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can help. A referral to a pediatric dental specialist may be necessary. General anesthesia is an option when the child is unmanageable. Anesthesia is recommended if your child has a lot of procedures, then they can all be done at once.
Another advantage of having dental work done under anesthesia is that the child does not have a bad experience at their general dentist’s office and would be more willing to return for checkups, cleanings, and minor restorations in the future.
Children are generally more challenging patients because of:
- Increased anxiety
- Unpredictable reactions
- Smaller mouths
It’s especially important for us dentists to give a child an optimal experience, as this will get them comfortable with dental clinics early on. This comfort also makes any potential pediatric dental emergencies more manageable.
Preventive Dental Care for Kids
Regular dental check-ups, cleanings, and early diagnosis of potential issues are key components of our preventive care approach. Our goal is to ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy and strong, reducing the need for more extensive treatments down the line. Before, during, and after a procedure, we educate young patients on effective brushing and flossing techniques and the importance of a balanced diet for oral health.
By instilling these good habits early, we can prevent chronic dental issues, and help pave the way for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Smiles Dental Group we feel that your child’s first visit to the dentist should occur once they start getting their teeth – ideally between 1 and 2 years old but no later than 2 years old. We can help to identify any early issues and make sure your child’s smile is on track to be healthy and beautiful.
Following the first visit, regular pediatric dental examinations are encouraged.
Yes we do! We have experience working with the whole family! Many patients actually come in for pediatric dental treatments as a family group. Our front desk staff and waiting rooms accommodate excitable kids.
We have tv’s, sedation, some toys, we’ll do our best to give them the best experience we can!