- As dental professionals we believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children won’t suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effect to their growing dentition. There are number of preventive treatments that our team can provide for children.
- Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child’s teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and this helps to mineralised the teeth. Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.
- Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not be afraid of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.
- Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of under bites, cross bites, or over bites, developing. As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.
- Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.
Sedation dentistry for kids:
Dealing with the behavior of young, immature and sometimes frightened children as well as these who may be physically or mentally challenged is an area that is unique to pediatric dentistry.
Fast facts about sedation dentistry
– There are many types of sedation dentistry.
– Sedation is the use of medication to make your child very calm for a procedure, but not sound asleep.
– Sedation is done in the dentist’s office.
– Your child’s dentist may recommend sedation dentistry for long or multiple procedures, for children with a high fear of dental care, those who have special needs, or children who find it difficult to sit still.
– There’s may be some restriction when your child goes home.
What is sedation dentistry?
– Sedation dentistry is the use of a mild sedative (calming drugs) to manage special needs or anxiety while your child receives dental care. Sedation also may be used when several procedures need to be done at the same time when the safety of a child may be compromised, or if your child has a strong “gag” reflex. Your child’s dentist will give the sedation.
– It is important to note that the sedation medication does not control pain or discomfort. Once your child has received sedation, the dentist will give him or her an injection or injection in the treatment area to keep it pain-free during and after the procedure. The sedation medicine may last up to 6 hours after the treatment is done.
– When sedation is needed, there are important rules for eating and drinking that must be followed in the hours before the procedure. One business day before your child’s procedure, you will receive a phone call from the dental clinic.
– Calls are not made on weekends or holidays. Please have a pen and paper ready to write down these important instructions.
– You will get specific eating and drinking instructions for your child based on your child’s age. Following are the usual instructions for eating and drinking. No matter what age your child is, you should follow the specific instructions given to you on the phone.
+ For infants under 12 months:
Up to 6 hours before the scheduled arrival time, formula fed babies may be given formula.
Up to 4 hours before the scheduled arrival time, breastfed babies may nurse.
+ For all children:
After midnight the night before the procedure, do not give any solid food or non- clear liquids. That includes milk, formula, juice with pulp, coffee, and chewing gum or candy.
Up to 2 hours before the scheduled arrival time, give only clear liquids. Clear liquids include water and juice you can see through, such as apple or white grape juice, milk is not a clear liquid.
– If your child takes daily medication, you may give it unless specifically told not to do so by your child’s doctor.
Once your child has been registered for the procedure, a member of the dental staff will meet with you to take your child’s vital signs, weight, and medical history. As the parent or legal guardian, you will be asked to sign in a consent form before the sedation is given.
– The dentist will meet with you and your child to review your child’s medical information and to explain the type of sedation your child will receive.
– Sedation medication may be given by mouth, through the nose, or directly into a vein through an intravenous line.
– The medicine will work in one of two ways, in a single dose that takes effect slowly and lasts throughout the procedure, or in a continuous dose throughout the procedure.
– You may stay with your child until he or she is very drowsy.
– During the procedure your child’s heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and blood oxygen level will be monitored closely.
How to comfort your child before induction
As a parent watching your child undergo sedation may be a very uncomfortable experience for you. Children can sense a parent’s concern so for your presence to be helpful to your child, you must try to be as calm and encouraging as possible.
There are way you can help your child, even if you feel uncomfortable.
– You can bring along a “comfort” item – such as a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or “blankie” – for your child to hold during the induction.
– You can touch your child to remind your child that you are there. Holding your child’s hand or caressing his or her hair and face will remind your child of your presence.
– You can whisper, talk, or sing to your child. The sound of your voice can provide reassurance.
– When the procedure is done, you will be called to the room to be with your child as the medication wears off. The length of time it will take the medication to wear off will vary, as some children take longer than others to become alert.
– Children coming out of sedation react in different ways. Your child might cry, be fussy or confused, feel sick to his or her stomach, or vomit. These reactions are normal and will go away as the sedation medication wears off.
– When your child is discharged, he or she still might be groggy, dizzy, or nauseous, and should take it easy for the rest of the day.
At home care and follow up visits
– Your child’s nose, mouth, and throat may remain numb for 1 to 2 hours after the procedure.
– Your child’s gums and mouth may be sore for several days afterward, depending on the dental procedure.
– Use caution when your child eats and drinks for about 2 hours after the procedure, watching to make sure he or she does not bite the tongue or the inside of the mouth.
– Your child should only eat soft foods for the first four hours after under going a dental procedure that requires sedation.
– Your child is not to return to school or day care that day.
– Upon returning home, your child should take it easy for the rest of the day.
– Your dentist will tell you when you should schedule a follow up visit.
When to call the dentist
If your child’s gums are sore, tydenol will help with any discomfort. If your child experiences any of the following for more than 24 hours, you should call your dentist.
– Severe bleeding of the gums.
– Severe pain.
If your child has any of these symptoms, call the dental clime at (84).96.779.7799 immediately.
– If your child has any special needs or health issues that you feel the dentist and anesthesiologist need to know about, please call Platinum Dental Group at (84).96.779.7799.
– If your child has developed a cold, stuffy nose, or other condition that makes it hard to breathe through the nose, you will need to call your dentist and your child’s procedure will have to be rescheduled. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Our dentists with their years of experience and love for chidren emphasis in a preventive approach which includes the following services:
Tooth Decay Prevention
– Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay, and may require a crown. Avoiding unnecessary decay simple requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups,diet control and fluoride treatment.
– The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way. Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions preventing bacteria and food partides from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applies to the back teeth, molars and premolars, and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years, but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Color Flow Composite for Sealants
– Children love colors.
– Now in Platinum Dental Group we give your children fillings of different colors – colorful fillings. These make your child appointments more enjoyable, and no longer be afraid of the dentist. A positive experience on dental check-ups ensures child’s health, well-being, self-image and overall achievement.
– In addition sealanting by color flow composite is an easy way for parents to control at home if the feasure sealant or filling is present in the tooth.
– Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically children stop between the ages of two and four years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth, requiring orthodontics in their later years.
Composite Resin Restorations
– Composite restorations (white fillings) are used for primary and permanent teeth after removal of tooth decay.
Stainless Steel Crowns
– Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crown forms that are adapted to individual teeth. They are indicated when gross decay, decalcification or developmental defects are present, following pulpotomies or pulpectomies that weaken the teeth and make them prone to fracture. The crown will last the life of the primary tooth, and the patients will not have to undergo repeated restorations on the same tooth.
Pulpotomy (Baby Root Canal)
– The pulpotomy is a procedure that requires the removal of part of the nerve tissue that has been infected. The remaining vital tissue is then treated to preserve the function of the tooth.
– The best space maintenance therapy is the preservation of the primary molars until they are lost naturally. Sometimes, when the teeth are unrestorable, the need for extraction is unavoidable. The purpose of the space maintainers or “spacers” is to preserve the space for the developing permanent tooth.
Instructions for parents to ensure their children’s good dental hygiene.
- Thoroughly cleaning your infants gums after each feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food.
- Brushing your baby’s erupted teeth gently with a small, soft-bristles tooth brush using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
- Teaching your child at age two or three about proper brushing techniques and later teaching them brushing and gentle flossing until 7 or 8 years old.
- Regular visits their dentist to check for cavities in the primary teeth and for possible developmental problems.
- Encouraging your child to discuss any fears they may have about oral health visits, but not mentioning words like “pain” or “hurt” since they may instill the possibility of pain in the child’s thought process.
- Determing if the water supply that serves your home is flouridated; if not, discussing supplement options to protect your child’s teeth chewing surfaces, and about bottle tooth decay, which occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to sugared liquids.