At Texas Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of in-office treatment procedures such as fillings, extractions, and crowns. These appointments are typically done in the mornings and early afternoons due to the large volume of cleaning appointments we do after school, and because most children do better early in the day.
Treatment plans and policies
Treatment can vary greatly from child to child depending on the extent of their problem(s), their age, and their behavior. If your child requires treatment, the dentist will discuss it with you in detail, and the front office staff will go over a treatment plan that outlines the procedures and estimated costs. Although it is not our policy, it is recommended that children over the age of four come back for treatment on their own. Parents are always kept informed of their progress as needed by our front staff. If you feel as though your child would benefit from your presence, you are more than welcome to accompany them for treatment. To minimize distractions and ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that only one parent or guardian be present during treatment.
We utilize nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, for most of our treatment procedures. It’s the preferred sedation method for pediatric dentists because it’s safe, the effects are almost instantaneous, and it only takes a few seconds to clear out of their systems once the treatment is over. Nitrous oxide does not put a child to sleep, it just helps them remain calm and still so that we can safely complete treatment. It is well tolerated by children, and the most common side effect is mild nausea that subsides as soon as it is turned off.
The majority of our dental procedures are done with local anesthetic to numb the area. The local anesthetic is an oral injection, but 95% of our patients never feel it or know they had it. They will not see it, topical cream is placed ahead of time so they do not feel it as much, and the dentists and assistants have techniques to distract them while it is being administered. We strongly discourage parents from telling their children ahead of time about the injection or indicating that the treatment is going to hurt. Telling a child those sorts of things can create an enormous amount of unnecessary anxiety, and it decreases the odds that we will be able to successfully complete treatment without a deeper level of sedation.
We know that dental treatment can sometimes be stressful and worrisome for parents, and we are more than happy to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you have. Feel free to talk to us in the office, call us, or send us an email.