Pediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with children from birth through adolescence.
Pediatric dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents and children. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. Early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.
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 your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.