At The Smile Shop, an early exam means a strong emphasis on prevention. Establishing a relationship with your pediatric dentist early also helps expedite treatment in the event of an emergency.
Care For The Long-Term
The American Academy Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. This is an ideal time for the dentist to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Dental problems often start early and can be prevented in most cases.
Preventative Oral Hygiene Instruction
This includes proper brushing, flossing and eating habits, ideal fluoride levels and the use of pit and fissure sealants. We strive to provide a fun, educational place where children learn about the importance of good hygiene.
Children’s fillings and crowns are part of our restorative services including treatment of the often-devastating nursing bottle decay. The Smile Shop is committed to discussing all options before these types of procedures are done to answer any questions you may have. Striving for a healthy smile is always our top priority.
While our goal is to prevent dental emergencies, we understand the need for urgent dental care is sometimes necessary and can be a stressful experience for both parents and children. We aim to handle dental emergencies promptly and with compassion.
Small procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The most common form of sedation we use in our office is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This is given through a small breathing mask, which is placed over the child’s nose. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a safe, effective method to help your child relax during treatment.
Some children require an extensive amount of dental work. In such circumstances, when treatment cannot be done properly in an office setting, we may recommend treating your child in the operating room under general anesthesia.