Therefore, it’s essential to choose a team of caring, gentle dental professionals to treat your child. Many parents opt for a pediatric dentist, who has completed a post-graduate residency in this area. That additional education provides the dentist with two or three years of targeted training in the specific oral health needs of children and hands-on experience in the gentle techniques needed to care for these patients.
Pediatric dentists are also well-equipped to monitor children for signs of developmental issues that may negatively affect the smile and to intervene to address those issues.
Choosing a dentist who specializes in a pediatric practice gives parents a head start on keeping a child’s smile healthy. That’s not to say that a general family dentist is incapable of treating children, but a pediatric dentist who treats only this population has a bit of an edge due to the repetition of working with children all the time.
We provide services ranging from routine preventive care, such as cleanings, exams, sealants and fluoride treatments, to more specialized services such as custom-designed mouthguards for athletes or space maintainers in cases of premature primary tooth loss. Additionally, we offer nitrous oxide sedation to particularly fearful patients and have a great deal of experience treating children with special needs, such as patients with autism or ADHD.
Our practice has dedicated itself to creating an environment that is welcoming and reassuring to children. Our team members take time to thoroughly explain every treatment to patients so that they’ll know what to expect. We also make ample use of technology, including digital radiography, for more efficient dental appointments. We even tailor our scheduling to accommodate our patients, saving morning slots for toddlers and preschoolers who are more alert and cooperative earlier in the day. This also allows us to spend more time with them in case additional reassurance is needed.
To learn more about how Dr. Davis and her team customize their approach for pediatric patients, call our office to schedule an initial appointment or ask any additional questions you may have.