The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that parents should make an initial “well-baby” appointment with a pediatric dentist approximately six months after the emergence of the first tooth, or no later than the child’s first birthday.
Although this may seem surprisingly early, the incidence of infant and toddler tooth decay has been rising in recent years. Tooth decay and early cavities can be exceptionally painful if they are not attended to immediately, and can also set the scene for poor oral health in later childhood.
Our Dentistry for children include but are not limited to:
- Flouride Treatment
- Oral Habit Evaluation
- Orthodontic Recommendations
- Dental radiographs
- Nutritional guidance
- Growth and Development
- Pediatric sedation
Sedation Dentistry for Children
Children who are particularly anxious, uncooperative, or unable to control their muscles for prolonged periods, may be offered an oral sedative and recommend nitrous oxide (more commonly known as “laughing gas”) . Oral sedatives come in many different forms (usually tablets, pills, and liquids), and may make the child feel drowsy. If oral sedatives are to be used, the dentist may require parents to prepare the child before the appointment. Some common preparatory measures may include: limiting food and fluid intake prior to the appointment, having the child wear comfortable clothing to the appointment, and preparing to stay with the child for several hours after the appointment. Oral sedatives rarely produce serious side effects; nausea is among the most common.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office.