We focus on total preventive care for our patients. Comprehensive dental care requires regular check ups, hygiene visits and continued at home oral health routines. Practicing good oral hygiene will also increase the longevity of any restorative dental work. Our primary goal for your child’s dental development is to achieve and maintain exceptional oral health by staying up-to-date on emerging dental technologies and techniques.
Our hygiene appointments are not just “cleanings.” We perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth, digital X-rays and intra-oral pictures (when necessary) and conduct a dental examination. We take full advantage of these opportunities to educate your family and your child. We are committed to your child being cavity free and will provide the education and tools to obtain this goal. We will provide feedback on your child’s dental health and nutritional habits, to develop a customized roadmap for your child to achieve exceptional dental health.
Dental caries are the most common disease of childhood. One of the best ways to prevent dental caries or cavities is by using topical fluoride. Fluoride is the active ingredient in toothpaste and is used to strengthen enamel and rebuild soft spots on teeth.
Dental sealants are protective coatings that are placed on the biting surface or the molars to prevent cavities. Dental sealants are 90% successful after 10 or more years with recall appointments and routine maintenance. We recommend sealants on permanent molars and premolars as soon as they appear to get the maximum benefit.
When cavities do occur, we only utilize the highest quality materials and techniques that are both highly esthetic and bio-compatible. We use conservative treatment approaches and only recommend treatment that is needed. Our office provides sealants, composite filling (white fillings), stainless steel crowns, zirconia crowns (white crowns), micro abrasion, esthetic veneers and whitening.
Silver crowns have traditionally been the “gold standard” in pediatric dentistry. Zirconia crowns (white crowns) are the latest technology in pediatric dental restoration. They are esthetic, strong and bio-compatible tooth-colored crowns that are changing the look of children's dental restorations. The doctors at Children’s Dental Specialty Group are specially trained to place these crowns on any of your child’s teeth.
We, as Pediatric dentists, have special training in easing children’s fears and anxieties. We use interactive techniques to comfort children and make dentistry fun! At times, we may use silly words for dental instruments or sing songs. Nothing is out of reach for us.
Most children do extremely well without advanced behavioral management techniques. However, sometimes these techniques can be helpful for children who have dental phobias, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflex. We offer mild/moderate sedations from nitrous oxide “laughing gas” and oral sedation to IV sedation (in-office) and general anesthesia (treatment in the hospital). The details of these forms of sedation are best discussed with the doctors on your first visit to our office.
Nitrous oxide is often used in a dental visit as a mild, conscious sedative. It is a safe and effective technique to ease the anxiety of patients. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Patients are still conscious and can talk during the procedure. After the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide is turned off and the patient breathes 100% oxygen to flush out any remaining gas. Nitrous oxide rarely has any side effects and is very safe.
When children are anxious or young and lack the ability to cooperate for dental treatment oral sedation can be a beneficial option for you child. The use of oral sedation allows our doctors to treat most of our patient’s dental needs in our office. Our doctors have had specialty training in oral sedation and follow the AAPD guidelines to ensure your child’s sedation appointment is safe and successful. Our Pediatric Dentist can discuss sedation in more detail with you depending on your child’s specific needs.
Some patients, due to their extreme dental anxiety, age or the extent of their dental treatment needs may require the use of IV sedation. When our patients require these advanced procedures we utilize the services of highly trained Dental Anesthesiologists to ensure your child’s safety. Dr. Balsmeier and Dr. Niang have extensive experience with IV sedation and can discuss this treatment option with you on an individual basis.