At Goldsboro Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we put smiles first. We want every child to come in, but more importantly, to leave smiling. Taking care of both their oral health and emotional experience.
Healthy pearly whites are possible for every kid. All it takes is the right education and care. During regular dental check ups we:
We also look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s oral health!
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, cavities happen or teeth break. Whether the tooth needs a filling, a crown or a customized treatment, Dr. Smith can assess your child’s specific need and restore his or her teeth back to health and beauty.
Your child might catch the giggles during his or her visit to the office. For certain treatments, we use Nitrous Oxide, “laughing gas”, a safe and effective technique offered to ease your child’s experience during a dental visit. Nitrous Oxide is a blend of two gases-oxygen and nitrous oxide. It is inhaled and absorbed by the body to produce a calming effect. When inhaling, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes. Nitrous Oxide is non-addictive, very mild and easily taken. When the dental treatment is over, your child breaths in 100% oxygen to flush out the Nitrous Oxide, and is good to go!
Every child is not able to cope with new stresses or environments, making safe quality dental treatment difficult to achieve. One way to provide a safe and calm experience for some children is the use of conscious sedation. Conscious sedation is the use of a liquid sedative which relaxes your child without the loss of consciousness. This medicine causes sleepiness, loss of apprehension, and drowsiness. Vital signs are closely monitored during this treatment. When the treatment is completed, the child will need some time to recuperate and allow the effects of the medicine to wear off.
Any unexpected health issues can be scary, especially when they involve your child. When it happens, you may stress over deciding if you should call us right away or not. If the problem is clearly an emergency, call us ASAP or go to your local urgent care or emergency center if we are unable to answer you immediately. If you aren’t sure, consult the guide below. Give us a call or visit our Post-Op care section if your child is experiencing dental pain that you believe is related to recent dental treatment.
Once you call us, ask your child to point to the exact area that is hurting. Check it for foreign objects that could be causing pain. Loose baby teeth or erupting teeth can also cause pain. Also see if you can spot a small hole underneath the tooth, as this could be a sign of a cavity.
If you notice swelling in your child’s face, use a cold compress and call us as soon as possible. Any swelling related to dental anatomy is very concerning. This could indicate an abcessed tooth or other infection, both of which need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid complications.
To comfort your child, here are some simple remedies to use until you are able to visit us: