On behalf of my staff,
we would like to welcome you to
our office and thank you for selecting us to consider your child’s
dental health needs. Pediatric Dentistry, Ltd. is dedicated to providing
the highest quality pediatric dental services in a modern, efficient and
comfortable manner with its major emphasis on prevention. Our goal for
children is to have them graduate from high school with all their teeth,
with as few fillings as possible and with a good functional bite. We
hope that we can sufficiently educate and motivate your children so they
are prepared to prevent dental disease.
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,
recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday.
Following a thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history
your child’s first appointment will consist of a thorough examination.
Most dental disease is preventable and we will provide educational
assistance to assure your child a lifetime of excellent dental health.
We may recommend x-rays to check for decay, infections in the bone,
extra or missing teeth, position and location of unerupted teeth or any
other abnormalities. We will examine the erupted teeth for decay lesions
that need repair and also those that might be arrested without repair by
the use of a preventive home care program, topical fluorides and plastic
sealants. We will evaluate facial growth and development patterns of
your child, try to note any tongue, lip, cheek or thumb habits that may
influence the development of attractive teeth and determine if there is
a need for any orthodontic treatment.
Prevention of Dental Disease
Dental caries (decay) and periodontal disease (gum infection) are
preventable communicable bacterial infections that my be passed on from
the primary caregiver to the child. It is essential we develop a
partnership which consists of our staff, parents, and the patient to
prevent dental disease and provide your child with a lifetime of
excellent oral health. We will strive to educate parents and patients
sufficiently to achieve this goal.
We firmly believe that preventive dental checkups are essential to the
maintenance of oral health. We usually recommend dental exams and
topical fluoride treatments every six months and cavity detecting x-ray
films (bitewings) once every 12-18 months depending on previous dental
To make your child’s visit to the dentist a pleasant one, there are some
things you, as parents, can do. In discussing dentistry with your child,
it would be helpful if you do not use the terms needles, shot, drill,
pull, hurt or any other words which might have an unpleasant meaning.
Every possible effort will be made to make the visit psychologically
pleasant. We shall treat your child as our very own. The important
thing is to do dentistry thoroughly and carefully. Please do not be
upset if your child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to fear. Children
may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness is the
greatest contribution for overcoming fear and it must be our united
objective to eliminate dental fears.
Most children who are old enough to understand and communicate are
manageable in a typical office setting. It is our primary goal to make
each visit pleasant and comfortable and our entire staff is dedicated to
making your child’s visit fun. It is always easier to prevent problems
than to have to do corrective treatment and it must be our united
objective to work together for your child’s best interests. Each child
is different and we will treat your child according to their individual
needs and with input from their parents.
Some children are
given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to
relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend
of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given
through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose,
allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very
safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs.
The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly
eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous
oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural
Prior to your
inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose
difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous
Let us know
if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
This includes prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications.
Some patients are not manageable in an office setting. For children with
special needs we use Meritcare’s Outpatient Surgery Center and dental
services are completed while the child is asleep under general
anesthesia. If this is a consideration for your child we will thoroughly
discuss the procedures, risks, alternatives and goals.
Our office will meet or exceed infection control policies outlined by
the American Dental Association, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and OSHA.
We strive to make each and every visit to
our office a fun one!
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