Preventive care plays a major role in the oral and physical health of your child; therefore, at Sea of Smiles, it is our main focus. Cavities can lead to multiple problems related to the overall well-being of your child, which is why proper preventive care is imperative. We would love to never have to fill a cavity. We can prevent most problems by teaching your child the right techniques at a young age!
With our main focus on preventive care, we hope your child never needs dental work, but if they do, we will restore their beautiful smile. In most cases, we use BPA-free tooth color (white) fillings, but there are certain instances where we will use amalgam restorations (silver). Dr. Raj will discuss all the treatment options with you and explain what he believes will be the best for your child.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an option that we have for your child. When used, it aids in relaxing your child and making the treatment process easier for them. The nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and administered to the child via a small breathing mask that is placed over the child’s nose. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes the use of nitrous oxide/ oxygen as a safe and effective technique for treating the dental needs of children. The gas combination is very mild and is inhaled with normal breathing. After treatment is completed, the child is given 100% oxygen to flush out the nitrous oxide from the lungs and it is quickly eliminated from the body.
Often times, in order to provide for a positive experience and not to traumatize your child, we offer the option of conscious sedation. This manner of treatment consists of giving your child a liquid sedative agent. This medicine causes sleepiness, drowsiness, and loss of apprehension, calming a usually nervous child to the point that treatment can be completed effectively and efficiently. The vital signs are closely monitored during the entire procedure.
Stainless Steel Crowns (Caps)
There are times that a filling may not be a sufficient remedy for a large cavity. Often, the doctor can still save that tooth by placing a crown. The doctor will go over all the treatment options and explain to you what is the best course of treatment.