The First Visit
Children have special dental care needs. By visiting a pediatric dentist regularly from infancy to age 18, a child learns good dental care habits, avoids potentially serious problems, and enters adulthood with a healthy, attractive smile.
A pediatric dental exam includes screening for cavities, gum infections and other abnormalities of the mouth and throat.
Andy’s First Visit
Parents are welcome to observe their child’s treatment at any time. Most children over age three react more positively to a dental visit when permitted to experience it on their own. Our staff members are proficient and experienced in helping children overcome anxiety and will accompany your child throughout the visit.
Do not be overly concerned if your child exhibits some anxious behavior. Separation anxiety is normal and will soon diminish. Assistance from parents is welcome for children under three and for those who have special needs.
Our office provides the following options for the anxious patients: nitrous oxide, mild anti-anxiety medication, or oral conscious sedation. When necessary, general anesthesia is available in an outpatient surgical center or hospital setting.
Dr. Houston and Dr. Klepacki also check for proper alignment of the jaw and evaluates your child’s bite to determine whether space will be available for all permanent teeth. In addition, they evaluate childhood habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting and recommends appropriate intervention when necessary.