“My daughter is only three. How can you possibly fix her cavities?”
With the right techniques, even very young children can cope with dental treatment. It is important that the child not have a negative attitude towards dentistry, and doctors in general.
Every child is different, and treatment is tailored specifically to each child based on temperament, maturity, and extent of treatment. Sometimes we can fix dental problems without much fuss and without local anesthetic (freezing). Other times kids need help overcoming their anxiety and mild sedation is used. In severe cases, treatment may need to be done while the child is asleep. We will recommend options and let you decide.
All too often children come to us too late, and with severe dental problems and toothaches. These are the most difficult cases to manage because the child needs prompt treatment and is already very anxious because they are in pain.
Is you are concerned about your young child’s teeth and do not want them to have a negative first experience, please see a dentist before they have dental problems.
“I don’t want my son to be scared of dentists.”
And nor should they be. The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that a child establish a dental home by 12 months of age, or 6 months after the first teeth erupt. It may be difficult to find a family dentist that is comfortable with children that your. All our our staff are specifically trained and accustomed to making young children comfortable in a dental setting. We will gladly provide exams for infants and toddlers, and tell you what you need to know to raise healthy cavity-free kids. The number one cause of dental anxiety is tooth pain and past invasive treatment when the child is anxious. Get off to a good start and have you child see a dentist before they need urgent care.
“We’ve tried, but our child can’t handle getting fillings.”
It is a fact of life that as we get older, we get wiser and better able to cope with our emotions. Simply put, some children do not have the emotional maturity to cope with serious medical or dental treatment. If that is the case, the least traumatic way to address major and urgent dental problems is with treatment while asleep. Our office is equipped with a surgical center where one of our pediatric dentist with the help of a board certified medical anesthesiologist can treat your child while asleep. And when treatment is needed right-away we can usually accommodate you promptly, not in 6-12 months as is common to wait for hospital general anesthesia.