We know that preventative care is essential to your dental health, we will put together a detailed plan of action both for in office and home care. Our office works with you to create the most effective oral hygiene program for your individualized needs. We will ensure that after your visit with us you are fully aware of your oral status. We will also emphasize and review oral hygiene procedures that should be practiced at home to keep your healthy smile for many years.
Sealants are used to protect your healthy molars from cavities. Usually sealants are done in children starting at age 6 and going up to age 12. A sealant is a clear or whitish coating that goes on top of your teeth to act as a barrier against bacteria and plaque and may reduce the possibility of getting a cavity. Adults may choose to have sealants placed on their molars as well.
It is no secret that most of us do not like going to the dentist. In fact, many people go years without even a check-up or cleaning. Some reasons for avoiding the dentist include:
- Fear of needles, drills, or other dental instruments
- Past traumatic dental experiences
- Sensitive teeth and/or difficulty getting numb
- Discomfort with the smells, noises, and tastes that accompany dental work.
Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART) is a minimally invasive treatment option for cavities treated by Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) using Glass lonomer Cement (GIC).
For more information check out our Smart Treatment Bulletin
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive treatment option for cavities, using a topical medicine that is painted on the tooth instead of a more invasive surgical (drill and fill) approach.
For more information check out our SDF Treatment Brochure
Why Do General Anesthesia?
Young children or toddlers are often very frightened of the dentist. The sounds they hear from the dental drill and the feeling of pressure that they feel, can make them go hysteric, even if they do not actually feel pain. Moreover, some children need to have a lot of dental work completed on multiple teeth. Thus, it is often best to put the child completely to sleep in order to finish all of the treatment in one, stress-free visit.
How Do We Put A Child Under General Anesthesia?
To provide the safest and most comfortable way to treat young children with a lot of decay, we hire an Anesthesiologist to come to the office regularly. The general anesthesiologist will give the child some oral medication that helps make them drowsy. Afterwards, the anesthesiologist will start an IV and give the right dosage of drugs to completely put the child to sleep. Once the child is completely sleeping, the anesthesiologist monitors the child’s breathing and vital signs, while the pediatric dentist provides all necessary treatment.
What Are The Advantages To General Anesthesia?
The greatest advantage of putting a child to sleep while getting their dental work done is that they will not be traumatized by their dental work. Some of the medications that are used actually help the child forget all about what happened during the treatment. Also, once the child is completely asleep, all treatment, including x-rays, fillings, crowns, and cleanings can be done at once in a manner that is not traumatic or scary for the child.
What Are The Disadvantages To General Anesthesia?
Although the risks are very low, particularly because we at Baywood Dental Group employ a dental anesthesiologist to oversee the procedure, some parents are not comfortable having their little ones completely put to sleep. The biggest disadvantage of general anesthesia however is the cost. Most insurances do not cover the treatment and the anesthesiologist visiting the office will charge a set amount, which is due to the expensive medications and materials that are used. Fortunately, our offices do try to help patients afford this option through In-House Insurance & Payment Plans.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Pediatric General Anesthesia?
The younger the child, the more suitable of a candidate they are to be put to sleep through treatment. This will prevent them from being scared of the dentist, both during the present treatment and in the future. Some older children also have an inexplicable fear of the dentist. These children too would benefit greatly from being put to sleep. Also, children that need a lot of dental work, which may normally require multiple appointments, may benefit from dental anesthesia because the child can have everything done at once. Finally, some parents with special needs children would rather have their child put to sleep before having dental treatment done. Often, these children only get their dental treatment done in a hospital. However, since we have an anesthesiologist on staff, children can be treated in the comfort of a private dental office.
Our state of the art pediatric dentists specialize in the unique oral health needs of the youngest of patients. Here, every child can feel comfortable. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their child back into the treatment area during the appointment. There’s plenty of room for the stroller, so bring your entire family!