As pediatric specialists, we recognize that all children are unique and special, and treatment approaches or techniques may be different for each child. Parents are vital members of our team, and are encouraged to join their children in treatment areas when appropriate. There may be times when we askfor your permission to allow your child to be accompanied through their dental appointment by a member of our staff. We are proud that our doctor is fully trained in all aspects of child development. Dr. Stephanie has received specialized training in child psychology, sedation and behavior management. Our doctor and staff will work with parents and caregivers to identify those treatment approaches that most benefit each child.
Pediatric Dentists Know Kids
Separation anxiety is common in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and most children return to their normal behavior after a few minutes. Studies have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when allowed to experience their dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for them. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit and chances are they will surpass your expectations!Services Offered:
Infant Oral Health Exams
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recommended that all children see a dentist by their first birthday. Visits at this age tend to be most beneficial for parents, as our providers can review important growth and development milestones as well as diet and hygiene review.
These exams are done in a “knee-to-knee” position with your child’s dental provider. This is an opportunity for your child’s dentist to examine your child’s mouth while allowing the child to stay in the comfort of your lap. This type of exam is done when a child is too young or too fearful to sit in the dental chair. The dentist will sit facing the parent, with their knees touching. The child should be positioned facing their parent, with their legs wrapped around the parent’s waist. The child is then gently laid back into the dentist’s lap, while the parent holds their child’s hands over the child’s tummy. The dentist will gently examine the child’s mouth using a soft toothbrush and a mirror, and paint topical fluoride on if indicated.
These exams are often short, and some children may fuss/cry during the exam. It is important to remember that the exam does not hurt, but without it, your child’s oral health cannot be assessed. Back to top
This includes dental screenings/examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, monitoring of growth and development, and patient/parent education. Nutrition counseling may be provided when appropriate. Back to top
A sealant is a protective coating that we often paint on the chewing surface of a back tooth. They fill in the grooves in these teeth to prevent food and/or bacteria from sticking to the teeth. They are very effective at preventing cavities, although they do not protect the sides of the teeth, so flossing and brushing are still important. Although our sealants are a type of plastic, our sealant material is BPA-free. Back to top
Routine Restorative Care
Restoration includes silver (amalgam) and white (composite) restorations, stainless steel caps, white caps, extractions, root canal treatment of primary teeth, and ICON (a non-invasive treatment for white-spot lesions that can occur developmentally, or following orthodontic treatment). Back to top
If your child requires restorative procedures (fillings, extractions, crowns, etc) Dr. Stephanie recommendsthe use of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective adjunct to dental treatment, and is the most commonly used mild sedative in pediatric dentistry. Both elements of nitrous oxide (nitrogen and oxygen) are present in atmospheric air we breathe; the nitrous oxide in our office is delivered in a concentrated dose for a dental setting. This helps to alleviate stress, improve cooperation and aid with mild anxiety by opening up and relaxing a child’s airway. When children are able to relax, their treatment can be performed quickly and effectively, reducing their time in the chair, and your time in the office. Back to top
When a primary tooth is lost early (due to decay or other loss of tooth structure) the dentist may recommend placing a space maintainer. The purpose of a space maintainer is to keep open the space needed for a permanent tooth that has yet to erupt. It will be left in place up to the time when the new permanent tooth can be seen breaking through the gum tissues. There are several different types of space maintainers, and one may be selected for your child based on the position or the tooth/teeth that it is replacing.
It is important to chewing gum, eating sticky things such as, taffy and gummi bears, and hard items like corn nuts and ice. These snacks can get wrapped around the wire or can bend the wire, causing the appliance to break or become loose. Back to top
Our doctor and staff treat infection, abscess, as well as trauma for both primary and permanent teeth. Some dental emergencies should be treated as quickly as possible, and Dr. Stephanie is available after hours for emergency calls. Back to top
Mild Oral Sedation
Mild oral sedation is offered for our patients who may benefit from it. The appointment is completed in our office by our trained and experienced staff. Sedation may be recommended on children who experience dental anxiety, are young and may need help sitting still, or to help reduce stress when indicated. Children remain awake for their treatment while their dental needs are attended to. Back to top
Some children are too young, anxious, or have significant medical/emotional conditions that prevent dental treatment from being done in a traditional office setting. Our doctor is certified to perform dental treatment under general anesthesia in these situations. Back to top
Dental Office Safety
We consider it to be our top priority to ensure the safety and privacy of our valued patients. Back to top