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Pediatric Dentistry; Toddler Going Under Conscious Oral, Inhalation or IV Sedation for Dental Work

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Anyone, but particularly children, can have a difficult time going to the dentist. Children in general can find the stranger wearing a mask to perform intrusive procedures intimidating. Not understanding the situation, it can be difficult for the dentist to conduct dental needs safely and effectively. Children with special needs, low attention spans, and natural phobias can have even more of a difficult time with dental visits. Under going sedation prior to dental procedures can be an optimal solution, many kids, no matter the circumstances, can still benefit from sedation dentistry services. With that in mind, we at Smile Reef would like to take the opportunity to discuss sedation dentistry for children.

Conscious Oral Sedation VS IV Sedation Drugs

Sedation dentistry is a great alternative to stressful situations and uncooperativeness stemming from high anxiety. For kids that are overwhelmed and frightened of the prospects of visiting the dentist’s office, sedation therapy is a safe and effective method to provide the dental treatments they need without adding more kindle to the fire, so to speak. Below you will find a few common techniques to sedate the little ones for dentist work.
- Oral Sedatives. For children with high anxiety, oral sedatives are a recommended prescription. Ideal for routine checkups, or single cavity fillings, this medication is taken about 45 minutes prior to their appointment. They are fully conscious and aware of their surroundings and depending on the procedure, may still need a local anesthetic to avoid pain. The sedating medication takes the edge off their anxiety to be in a relaxed state.
- Nitrous Oxide. A stronger method than oral sedation, this approach is recommended for kids with moderate dental phobias. Nitrous oxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that puts children in a conscious sedation during their procedures; as it is inhaled just before their dental treatments begin. The gas is worn off within a couple of hours and has no lingering effects.
- Intravenous Sedation. This method is recommended for children with extreme dental phobias or those that require intensive dental treatments. Your child is always supervised as a qualified staff member monitors the heart rate and blood pressure through the duration of the procedure. Just before treatment starts, an IV injected imposes a benzodiazepine agent into the bloodstream.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Below are just some of the benefits you and your child receive in sedation dentistry.
1) Your child can avoid excessive appointments to the dentist as sedation dentistry allows the dentist to complete more procedures where necessary.
2) It is often challenging for children that have behavioral or emotional disorders present as well as those with special needs to sit still long enough to give the dentist an opportunity to fulfill their tasks. Taking advantage of sedation dentistry can help these unique kids get the dentist care they need without undue hardships.
3) With sedation dentistry, children who have a sensitive gag reflex, especially where dental needs are concerned, can benefit as the gag reflex is suppressed, and the dentist can use their tools efficiently; avoiding your child from being self conscious or embarrassed.
4) The memory of sedation dental procedures inadvertently blocks the memory of the visit. Over time your child may not have to endure sedation for dental treatments; overcoming their fears.
5) Not only just sedating your child, but also paralyzing the nerve endings, the nitrous oxide relieves any pain inflicted during dental procedures.

Child Sedation Dentistry

If you want to further discuss the option to sedate your child during their dental procedure, call Smile Reef today!

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Dental Sealants on Baby & Permanent Teeth in Las Vegas, NV; Pros of Pit & Fissure Sealant Procedures

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Our children’s teeth are impacted by the various modern day conveniences. Juices, soda, candies, even ice are prime examples that expedite tooth decay. By the time a child has reached the age of 19, approximately 70% of them will experience excessive tooth decay according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. If consuming the wrong beverages and foods is not minimized and proper oral hygiene implemented, your child’s mouth will be riddled with cavities all too soon. Dental sealants could help protect the still developing mouth, giving parents additional help in preserving young one’s teeth. At this time, we at Smile Reef would like to take the opportunity to discuss sealants.

What Are Pediatric Dental Sealants?

For the purpose of sealing out food and bacteria which result in cavities, a protective barrier can be placed on children’s teeth. This barrier is called a pediatric dental sealant. A diligent and meticulous dental care routine including; proper brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments and a healthy diet along with dental sealants maximize and maintain dental health. Sealants provide additional protection with the essential brushing and flossing, for the grooved areas of teeth from what is known as pit and fissure decay. By the age of 6, children begin getting their permanent AKA adult teeth. Around 12 years old the molars are coming in, giving parents the opportunity to have sealants applied to their teeth. The front teeth can be sealed while waiting for the rest of the teeth to come through. This procedure is safe and efficient and the dental sealants are low cost and if your child is especially prone to cavities, sealants are ideal.

Pros of Dental Sealants

Benefits of dental sealants include the following.
- Dental sealants are extremely effective in preventing cavities in conjunction with well established oral hygiene habits.
- Sealants often cost less than cavity filling procedures.
- Minimally invasive, safe, and effective sealants are a simple procedure that has does not require any numbing medications or drilling applications.

Dental Pit & Fissure Sealant Procedure

1) Tooth preparation: The dental hygienist starts the procedure by polishing the surface of the tooth; removing any plaque and food debris from the pit and fissure exterior. Next, the tooth is isolated and dried. After the tooth is dried, the outer layer of the tooth is etched off where it is then rinsed off and the tooth dried again.
2) Dental sealant application: Following the prep work, the hygienist will use a brush to apply the dental sealant coating to the surface of the tooth, for about 30 seconds a self-curing light will then be used to secure the sealant to the tooth surface.
3) Assessment: Once the service is complete the dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate the dental sealant and ensure quality. You can chew on the tooth again after the dental sealant has hardened and it is a hard plastic coating.

Pediatric Dental Services

At Smile Reef, we exclusively specialize in pediatric dentistry and provide a number of services including dental sealants in an effort to better preserve their teeth now. Call Smile Reef today to schedule your sealant service.

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