Pediatric Dentistry

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

A pediatric dentist has completed four years of dental school, plus an additional 2-3 years of specialized training focusing on the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including young people with special needs.

All children, infants through adolescents, have more mentally and physically diverse needs than adults. Preventative care is even more important in youth. If not detected and treated appropriately, childhood dental problems can have a lasting negative impact on a child’s overall health, one that follows them into adulthood. The earlier your child is exposed to regular dental checkups and good oral health habits, the healthier they will be overall. Regular dental checkups and teaching the importance of oral health at an early age helps your child to form healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Your child’s visits to the dentist should be a pleasant experience, one where he or she feels comfortable and has fun. These pleasant visits to the dentist will help to build confidence in your child, establishing a positive connection to oral health and preventing any future fear of the dentist.

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry offers continuing dental care for your child, including regular checkups, cleanings, sealants, fillings, and limited orthodontic treatment.

Sedation

Sedation is used when a child is very young, anxious or extremely apprehensive. There are two forms: oral sedation and IV (intravenous) sedation.

With oral sedation, your child drinks a mix of liquid drugs that makes him or her relaxed. IV sedation involves a deeper state of relaxation with constant monitoring of your child’s vital signs by an anesthesiologist.