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Q&A: Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry for Kids?

May 31, 2024

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child with a nasal mask on for sedation dentistry

When you’re raising a child, many things that should be straightforward can become complex. Just leaving the house can take a long time and a lot of effort! However, especially if you have a child with anxiety or special needs, simple tasks like going to the dentist or getting necessary dental work done can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can make their visits less stressful and more successful! But will insurance pay for it?

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4 Types of Kids Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry

April 25, 2024

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little girl with nasal mask on with thumbs up

As you call a new pediatric dental office to make an appointment for your child, you start to worry. Dental visits have never been easy for your kid, but you know that dental care is important. While on the phone, you express your concerns with the person on the phone, who reassures you that sedation dentistry is available for all kinds of patients.

Perhaps you thought it was just for those who are afraid of the dentist, but the truth is that many patients can benefit from sedation. Here are the four main groups of kids who can have a positive, productive dental visit with this help.

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Does Your Child Still Need Pulp Therapy If Their Toothache Stops?

March 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — washpark @ 8:20 pm
little boy holding his face in dental pain

After several days of hearing your child talk about tooth pain, you plan on scheduling a dental appointment. Suddenly, however, they say their mouth is doing perfectly fine again. Does this mean you don’t need to go to the dentist after all? Is this a good sign?

Don’t let this seemingly positive change in your child’s symptoms lull you into a false sense of security! When it comes to dental pain, the problem doesn’t go away on its own. Keep reading to learn why your child may still require pulp therapy even if their tooth stops hurting.

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Your Child’s Root Canal Treatment

February 19, 2024

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little boy holding his face in pain

Growing up, you may have heard some nasty stories about root canals and tooth pain. In the past, this treatment has had a bad reputation and has inspired fear in patients of all ages.

So, when you find out that your precious child needs to have a root canal or pulp therapy, you start to worry. You naturally don’t want them to suffer and wonder whether you can put off this treatment to a later date. However, doing so is a bad decision! Why? Here are just a few reasons you shouldn’t postpone a root canal for your child.

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Truth Time: 4 Facts about Root Canals for Kids You Should Know

January 17, 2024

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paper torn with the words “uncover the facts” underneath

When you become a parent, especially for the first time, you can run into many scenarios that you might not have thought about before or know much about. For example, when your child has a bad toothache, you take them to your pediatric dentist to identify the problem. They may say your little one has a cavity and needs root canal treatment or pulp therapy.

Maybe you are not familiar with this issue or what the procedure looks like for kids, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So here are four truths you need to know about pulp therapy for kids.

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Asked and Answered: Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for My Child?

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — washpark @ 9:31 pm
anxious kid getting nitrous oxide sedation in the dentist’s chair

When you have an anxious or antsy child, even small things can lead to meltdowns. Your job as a parent is to help them learn how to deal with their anxiety in healthy ways, such as talking with a parent or professional, deep breathing, writing or drawing, and other methods.

However, when it comes to dental anxiety, which can be a lifetime struggle, you have another arrow in your quiver: nitrous oxide sedation. But before your kid receives this medication, you probably have questions about it, especially this one—is nitrous oxide sedation safe for your child?

The quick and simple answer is yes. Nitrous oxide sedation can be safely used on patients of any age, including kids, but understanding more about it can help put any remaining concerns you have to rest.

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Uh-Oh! 4 Most Common Dental Emergencies for Kids and the Treatments

November 17, 2023

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little boy holding his face with a dental emergency

With kids of any age, particularly little ones, bumps and accidents happen almost daily. As much as you try to avoid them, dental emergencies can come up with your child. When you need this professional the most, your pediatric dentist is there to help! Being aware of the possibilities and the treatments available can help you be prepared and act quickly if one of these scenarios occurs.

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Did Your Child Just Knock Out a Tooth? Know What to Do Next!

October 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — washpark @ 8:50 pm
closeup of an athletic child with black under their eyes and some missing teeth

When your child started playing sports, you may have daydreamed about them excelling to the point that they become college or professional stars. But, for now, you watch them learn in practices and games—until one day, they are hit in the face and a tooth is knocked out of its socket.

What should you do in this dental emergency? What can be done to fix the problem? The specific answer may depend on what type of tooth it is, but regardless, they will need a visit to their pediatric dentist.

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Top 5 Things That Don’t Belong in Your Child’s Mouth

September 14, 2023

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child with fingernails in their mouth

If you have a child, you have seen them put countless random things in their mouth. Early in life, babies and toddlers learn about the world in part using their mouth, but eventually this tendency subsides. However, even long after this stage comes and goes, kids can continue to put certain objects in their mouth that don’t belong there and could cause a dental emergency. In fact, if their pediatric dentist knew, they may wince! What are the things your child shouldn’t put in their mouth? Read on to find out.

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Do You Breastfeed? 4 Things You Need to Know about Your Baby’s Oral Health

August 15, 2023

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mother breastfeeding her baby

When you hold your newborn baby for the first time, you not only are filled with love for this tiny human, but you also quickly realize just how much you have to learn about being a parent. Nothing fully prepares you for this steep and ever-changing learning curve. Whether you breastfeed or not, there are things you need to know about your baby’s oral health within the first year. Understanding these concepts can help you keep their adorable smile strong while they’re tiny and while they grow.

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