GO THROUGH THIS CHECK LIST BEFORE OPERATIVE APPOINTMENTS!
Don't over prepare your child!
As a parent, you may feel the need to "prepare" your child for his or her operative appointment. Over preparing your child may do more harm than good. As a general rule, we suggest you let our dental team explain any procedures to your child as they are trained to convey procedures in a positive and non-threatening way. We also ask that you avoid using words that cause fear such as “needle,” "shot," “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” A good term for you to use is "making your teeth strong and healthy." If your child has any special social or physical needs, it is important to discuss them with the dental team 24 hrs before the appointment to help us better care for your child.
Is your child in GOOD HEALTH?
Please attempt to call our office 24 hrs. prior to your appointment if your child is experiencing, congestion, mucus, coughing or temperature. Rescheduling may be necessary.
Eat only a LIGHT MEAL NO LESS THAN ONE HOUR prior to your appointment!
E.G : Banana, dry toast, small bowl of cereal. Heavy meals such as pancakes or a sandwich can hinder the effectiveness of Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen on your child and can sometimes cause an upset stomach for anxious patients.
ALL QUESTIONS should be answered 2-3 DAYS PRIOR to your appointment!
Your child’s appointment time is reserved specifically for his/her treatment. Taking extra time to go over questions regarding billing or treatment takes valuable time out of your child’s appointment.
BE ON TIME!
We ask that you plan to arrive 10 min early to each appointment. We do our very best to stay on time with our schedule in order to be respectful of your time. In return we ask that you do the same. We understand things happen but please know that arriving late to an appointment may result in the need to reschedule. If you think you are running behind, we suggest calling the office before arriving to confirm we are still be able to see you.
Many children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. Since pediatric dentists specialize in treating children, they make children feel special. The office is specially designed for children. Staff members choose to work in a pediatric dental office because they like kids. Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatments. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel more comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit.
The following are a few common questions and answers about Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen:
Q. What is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O-O2) is a blend of two gases – oxygen and nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide/oxygen form the body.
Q. How will my child feel when breathing Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?
Your child will smell a sweet pleasant aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment, he/she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen.
Q. How safe is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?
Very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is non-addictive. It is mild, easily taken then quickly eliminated by the body. Your child remains fully conscious, keeping all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide oxygen.
Q. Will Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen work for all children?
Pediatric dentists know that all children are not alike! Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs or discomfort wearing nasal mask. Pediatric dentists have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that are right for your child.
SERVICES - Operative Appointments and Nitrous Oxide