Commonly Asked Questions
At what age should my child first see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to a pediatric dentist either after your child's first tooth appears or around your child's first birthday, whichever comes first.
What are sealants?
Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) can prevent cavities (tooth decay) for many years. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food.
What can I expect from a cleaning appointment?
We will gently examine your child’s gums, tongue, teeth and overall oral health. We identify any areas of concern that may need some extra attention at home. We will provide you with personalized guidance and support. We will also provide a thorough cleaning and encourage fluoride treatment!
What is the difference between white fillings and caps?
Sometimes, a cavity penetrates to the inner layer of your child's tooth. Once removed, the tooth is no longer strong enough to sustain a white filling. That is when we encourage that a full coverage crown (silver or white) be placed as the ideal course of treatment. Our staff can further explain so during your child's visit.
What are the different types of sedations provided?
Our office provides Nitrous Sedation aka Laughing gas, which makes the child feel relaxed during the procedure, this is the most commonly used sedation in pediatric dentistry.
We also provide oral and Deep sedation via general anesthesia. These options are presented to parent on a case by case basis if their child cannot tolerate treatment in the chair with laughing gas alone. This is also discussed in detail by our staff.