Your Child’s Very First Visit
As soon as you see your child’s first baby tooth appear (usually 8-12 months), they must be seen by a dentist. This visit is not just a checkup for the child, but also to educate the young parents on how to take care of the child’s oral health.
Fluoride and Fluoride Varnish
Fluoride in water and food can help prevent cavities. But this is only effective during the development of the teeth before eruption. Once teeth have grown out, both baby teeth and adult teeth, a topical fluoride gel or foam can be applied during your child’s cleaning and checkup appointment to help strengthen their teeth.
Fluoride varnish is a sticky gel which can stay on the teeth for longer than the regular gel and foam. This option is for children who are very prone to getting cavities. It can help remineralize superficial cavities and treat dentin hypersensitivity. Fluoride varnishes are relatively new in the United States, but they have been widely used in western Europe, Canada, and the Scandinavian countries since the 1980s as a caries prevention therapy.
Together with fluoride treatment, sealants are a very good option for preventing decay. Deep grooves and pits are a natural part of the tooth’s anatomy. They are narrow open spaces which cannot be brushed clean with the toothbrush; it can easily form cavities. Sealants can seal these deep grooves so that cavity-causing bacteria may not hide in this spot. However, this is only effective if detected before it forms a cavity. Therefore your child’s timely dental checkups and treatment are highly encouraged.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist has. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
The sedative drug is delivered directly through your vein so the effects are immediate. This method allows the anesthesiologist to control the level of sedation throughout the whole process.
Medication is given to make you unconscious or totally unconscious in a deeply asleep state. You will not be easily waken until the anesthesia wears off or is reversed with medication.
Anesthesiologist We Work With
Dr. Alex Targ, MD is a trusted anesthesiologist that we work with to provider your child with the best dental care. He specializes in only working with pediatric patients with his colorful set up that helps put your child’s mind at ease.
For more information, please visit his website at Dr. Targ, MD