Children’s Dentistry

When we see Children, we think of the future.

Our overriding concern is to help your children achieve a lifetime of good dental health and to be confident in their dental visits.

Bring your 6-12 month old child in with you for your checkups and we’ll “take a peek” in her mouth to help her get used to the chair, light, masks and gloves.  Six months later, we can begin Child Cleaning and Fluoride treatments.  The goal is to have the child accustomed to dental care so that, by the age of 2 years, when all the primary teeth should be in place, she can have a couple of x-rays, cleaning, exam, etc., all done in one visit.

Having your child accustomed to our office really pays off is she has some accident and emergency care is needed. Knowing she can trust our staff and doctor goes a long way to smoothing out emergency treatment.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?

Being primarily a Family Dentistry practice, we like for you to bring your young children into the office as soon as possible. A mom can bring her baby in to become accustomed to our office during mom’s cleaning and checkup.  We need to at least peek into an infant’s mouth early to detect any problems at their outset.  Bottle Mouth Syndrome, for example, can dissolve a baby’s teeth before we even see them at age 1 or 2.

When Should my Child See a Pedodontist?

We love working with children of all ages, but sometimes feel that referral to a Pedodontist (Children’s Dentistry Specialist) is in the best long-term interest of a child.  Also, you may prefer to have your young child begin dental treatment with a Pedodontist. We routinely work with the local specialists and will be happy to fill out a Specialist Referral Form for you, share our records, and coordinate with whatever specialist you choose.

Is it Safe to Use Drugs to Put Children to Sleep for Dental Work?

While we do have Nitrous Oxide gas to help children and adults relax during treatment, the stronger medications, IVs, and General Anesthesia sometimes used are not available in our office.  Such modalities should only be used in extreme cases where inadequate cooperation from the child prevents proper treatment.

Drugging or putting a child to sleep limits her opportunity to learn to trust the Dentist and Staff, and can delay the point in time at which she’ll become a willing participant in routine dental care.  This delay can also cause problems getting the child fast, proper care should a dental emergency arise before she has learned to adapt to even routine dental visits.

Sometimes we have to see frightened children several times over the months, doing only a bit at a time, to let them understand that they have some control over the process, that it is a necessary process that they must learn to accept, and that treatment will stop at any time they feel pain.

Long-term, ongoing Communication between parents, the doctor, the dental office staff, and the child, will result in the best treatment scenario for children.

We love working with children. They’re fun and they tell great stories!

Call us at 316-943-2266 for a Free Consultation Visit about Your Unique Needs