Preventative Dental Care
Age 1: Early Dental Care
Age 1 is the best time to bring you child in for their first visit. This visit is focused on preventing cavities. We will discuss with you healthy habits to establish as well as help your child learn to enjoy going to the dentist and build trust with us.
This early visit is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. They all recommend that children see a dentist when the 1st tooth erupts, and no later than 12 months of age.
Dr. Warner recommends using a topical fluoride varnish every six months. Many people worry about the safety of fluoride, Dr. Warner understands this and will balance these concerns with the needs of your child. If you are uncomfortable with fluoride, we understand and will listen.
Restorative Dental Care
Tooth Colored Fillings and Crowns
We only use tooth colored, or Composite Resin, fillings. Some people refer to this as Bonded Fillings. These allow us to be very conservative and fix the teeth with beautiful results.
Atraumatic Restorative Treatment refers to a method we use for small children to help them avoid the need for General Anesthesia. If the cavities are easy to access and small we can remove the bulk of the decay without anesthetics and fill them with a temporary filling. This allows the child to mature and keeps the decay from progressing.
Some cavities are too big to fix with fillings because the small baby teeth don’t support it. For these teeth we use crowns. We use both stainless steel metal crowns as well as white porcelain crowns.
ANY TIME, ANY PLACE
Warner Pediatric Dental is the dental home for you and your child. Dr. Warner believes that he cannot serve you best unless he is always available to you. This is why you can always access Dr. Warner for emergency dental work whether it be at your home or in our office. Call the office line (760-942-1570) anytime. Leave a message if you reach us after hours and we will contact you right away.
Happy Kids Make Happy Adults
Warner Pediatric Dental uses behavior management techniques to gain compliance from children without medication.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used to help children relax during their appointment. It safely works to help easy their anxiety while still allowing them to talk and interact during their visit. The effects wear off almost immediately after they breath oxygen for 3-5 minutes at the end. Nitrous oxide rarely causes any side effects, but some people may feel sleepy and sometime nauseous.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is sometimes needed when a child has dental treatment needed but cannot tolerate the treatment due to age or anxiety without being traumatized or done safely. They drink a small amount of liquid medicine which sedates them. They are still awake and can respond to direction but will not remember the treatment.
Certain complex cases or children with anxiety may require a more controlled and deeper level of sedation or general anesthesia. Sedation reduces consciousness, pain, and anxiety while maintaining patient cooperation. General anesthesia removes memory of the event and allows your child to rest comfortably during the dental treatment. This is administered by a Dental Anesthesiologist.
Many children have a thick frenum or frenulum under their top lip, called a labial frenum or lip tie. At birth this can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, making it hard to achieve a deep enough latch. In older children it can cause a gap between the front teeth.
There is also often a frenum under the tongue causing a tongue tie. This commonly makes it difficult to breastfeed as well as causing speech problems later in life.
A simple procedure with our LASER help to release this and improve the mobility of the lip and tongue. The LASER works quick and well without much bleeding and eliminates the need for stitches.
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