Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services for your children. The scope of care includes all pediatric dental procedures including the use of office sedation and hospital general anesthesia. Care for children with unique medical, physical or mental needs is also provided. Due to the educational mission of the clinic, treatment may take a little longer to accomplish in comparison with what you might expect in private dental practices. However, our flexibility in providing our services can save you time by keeping your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines. We provide many preventive measures to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy, including sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, including thumb sucking, grinding and baby bottle tooth decay.
Perhaps one of the longest-lasting benefits of a healthy smile during childhood is the foundation for a healthy self-image. A healthy and attractive smile brings higher self-esteem, increased confidence, and better first impressions on others. We strongly believe that kids deserve healthy smiles that they can feel good about.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, the doctor will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post- sedation instructions. It is important to tell the doctor about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving prior to administering any sedative or anesthetic.
For those who cannot maintain or receive traditional dental care or in-office sedation, hospital dentistry offers a compassionate, efficient alternative. Frequently, patients who are medically compromised have no time to maintain a rigorous dental schedule in additional to their other medical treatments. In some cases, these patients may be unable to travel outside the hospital setting in order to receive treatment. Just so, patients who have compromised mental functions may be unable to complete standard dental regimens on their own or may feel heightened anxiety about the responsibility. In some cases, dental needs and medical problems may be intertwined, requiring the presence of both a doctor of medicine and a dentist. These cases require localized, comprehensive care.
Hospital dentistry is practiced, as the name suggests, within a hospital (it may be the hospital in which the patient is receiving other medical treatments). The treatment may be either as in-patients or out patients, depending on the needs of the individuals. Treatments range from short-term maintenance of oral health to long-term, reconstructive work or dento-facial surgery.
The pediatric dentists who work within hospitals have received training specifically in hospital dentistry through their residency program. They have additional training in oral surgery and medicine. This combination of experience and education enables them to understand the complexities of their patients' needs and health goals.
Orthodontic treatment is available for patients of all ages. In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. With early evaluation and diagnosis, children can achieve optimal orthodontic results. Early treatment provides a range of benefits and often means that a patient can avoid surgery or other serious complications.