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Infant Exam:

Parents are encouraged to participate in this basic exam that is designed to counsel parents on feeding habits and dental hygiene for their baby or toddler.

Preventive Care:

We recommend routine cleanings every 6 months, periodic x-rays, flouride treatment, and applying sealants to prevent tooth decay.

Flouride

Our doctors and staff have taken the time to research the levels of flouride within Palm Beach County. Amounts of flouride vary from one area to another. We can determine if supplemental flouride may or may not be recommended.

Sealant:

One of the most important preventive treatments is the application of Sealants. A sealant is a protective coating applied to the chewing surface of the primary and permenant molars. Deep grooves are hard to reach with a toothbrush, therefore allowing bacteria to form and cause decay. Sealants act as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone surfaces of the teeth.

X-rays:

Because we are committed to your child's overall health and comfort, we use digital radiographs to limit exposure of radiation by more than 90%.

Restorative Procedures:

These include filling cavities, nerve treatments, extractions, and placing crowns and space maintainers.

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

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Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs we plan to give to your child.

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I.V. Sedation

I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.

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Outpatient General Anesthesia

Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

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