Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

Do you have any questions about pediatric dentistry procedures? Find your answers below.

Your infant should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth emerges or by the time of the child’s first birthday.
Your child should be seen by a pediatric dentist twice a year or every 6 months.

Yes! Our pediatric dentists have undergone special training to work with children who have special needs.

Pediatric dental emergencies are stressful for you and your child. If your child is experiencing dental pain, you’ll need to know what to do – fast. Some of the most common pediatric dental emergencies include: Broken, chipped, fractured teeth, knocked out teeth, loose or lost fillings, severe toothaches, sensitivity to pain, temperature, or pressure. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our Pediatric Dentistry department at 703-719-5828 immediately. Pediatric dentists specialize in quickly assessing and treating dental emergencies. They are typically available after hours and can make a same-day appointment. The specific treatment will depend on the particular emergency. If a tooth is damaged or broken, dental bonding, veneers, or a crown may be applied. If a tooth is knocked out, it can sometimes be put back in; otherwise, an implant may be recommended.
Sedation dentistry is simply the use of medication during oral surgery or other dental procedure to help a patient feel as comfortable as possible. It has sometimes been referred to as “sleep dentistry”, but that is not really true as patients are usually awake during the procedures except for those under general anesthesia. The sedation is most suitable for individuals with real fear or anxiety of visiting a dentist or sitting on a dental surgery chair, particularly children.
Sedation for dental procedures on kids is safe if done right. Nitrous oxide, which is administered through inhalation, tends to be the safest for kids and almost all dentists can administer it. It helps the child remain calm throughout the procedure. Oral sedation also works for children, but there is only a small percentage of pediatric dentists who are trained on how to administer it. A pediatric dentist knows how to ensure that the administered dosage is right for the child’s age and weight.

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