Treatment for Children
Our office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as three years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with his or her teeth or gums prior to this age, please schedule an appointment. You may also want to bring your child to your dental checkup when he or she is about two so that your child can become familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental office. We call this a "Happy Visit." Your child's independent checkup at age three will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection and periodontal exam. The dentist will check for proper development, as well as tooth decay and other areas of concern.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques so that your child can learn how to effectively brush and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own. The dentist may recommend dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Sealants are thin, clear coatings that protect hard-to-clean back teeth from the sugars that cause tooth decay. Fluoride attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this essential mineral. Sealants and fluoride supplements are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little one from cavities.
General Anesthesia for Unparalleled Patient Comfort
For children that have extensive dental work, those who are fearful or have a strong gag reflex, we can offer dentistry under General Anesthetic. This is administered in the Hinton General Hospital operating room by a specially trained medical doctor. It is a method proven particularly effective in the treatment of children who are fearful, have a strong gag reflex, or require a lot of work in a single appointment. General anesthesia induces a controlled unconscious state, allowing the muscles of the body to completely relax as the medicine takes effect. While under the effect of the anesthesia, your child will not feel or hear a thing and won’t remember any part of the procedure upon waking.
General anesthesia is a safe, pain-free, and comfortable way for children undergo dental treatment. Once your son or daughter is fully sedated, we can perform all necessary treatments while he or she sleeps peacefully; all vital signs will be monitored throughout the duration of the procedure. With the help of general anesthesia, we can efficiently perform cleanings and extractions, as well as place sealants, fillings, and stainless steel crowns as needed to minimize decay in the future.
Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. In some cases, we refer children to pedodontists, who are specialists in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.