On this page you’ll find all the information and resources you’ll need as a new patient, as well as answers to any questions about paediatric dentistry you might have. At The Dental Studio, our paediatric services include:
• Preventive Care
• Nitrous Oxide Sedation
• Dental X-rays
Regular dental visits are an important element of your child’s oral health. AAPD recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. If your child has an increased risk of tooth decay or unusual growth patterns s/he may need more frequent dental visits.
Even if your child has never had a cavity, s/he can still benefit from regular visits to assess any changes in your child’s oral and facial growth and development. Your child may need fluoride supplements or sealants. We will also identify any orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to keep your child’s smile beautiful.
Tooth brushing instructions and diet guidance
Each child will be given tooth brushing instructions and valuable preventive information such as diet advice which will be the basis for establishing good dental health habits.
More information on brushing can be found here and diet here.
Your child’s systemic fluoride status will be evaluated and a fluoride varnish may be applied to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth.
More information on fluoride can be found here.
Sealants are a safe and painless way for protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
More information on sealants can be found here.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ or ‘happy air’, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered via a nose mask with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 2 to 5 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions. Suitable patients will be screened during the consultation visit. Read more here.
X-ray films detect much more than cavities. For example, X-rays may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the result of an injury or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable and affordable.
More information on dental x-rays can be found here.