Small procedures in cooperative or slightly nervous children can often be performed with local anesthesia (numbing) with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide (a.k.a. “laughing gas”) is a very common form of sedation we routinely use in our office. This is given through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose while they watch a movie on a ceiling-mounted TV. At the end of the procedure, your child will breathe 100% oxygen for a few minutes which flushes the gas out of their system and allows them to feel normal when they leave. The AAPD recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective way to help a child relax during treatment.
Slightly more involved procedures in certain children will require the use of an oral medication along with nitrous oxide to help relax your child and help them be more cooperative for the procedure. These procedures are scheduled at specific times, require your child to be fasting the morning of the appointment, and be free of respiratory problems for two weeks leading up to the visit. When possible, we also ask that two adults be present so one can sit in the back seat with your child on the drive home.
Some children require an extensive amount of dental work. In these situations, it is often not possible for a child to cooperate for multiple or lengthy appointments to allow the treatment to be done properly. In cases like this, we may recommend your child be treated in an operating room (surgical center or hospital) under general anesthesia. Dr. Dixon will be happy to discuss any and all of these options with you should the need arise.
Yes! They help children speak clearly and chew naturally. They also aid in forming the right path for the permanent teeth to follow when they’re ready to come in.
Start using Fluoride toothpaste as soon as the teeth start erupting. The amount depends on the child’s age—a grain of rice for toddlers, and pea size amount for older children.
One with a small head and soft nylon bristles. When they come in for their cleanings, we send one home with you!
On average, every 6 months
When the teeth are too close together for a toothbrush to reach in between. Kids will need help flossing until they’re old enough to do it on their own, usually around 8 years old.
Dr. Dixon is in an in network provider for most of the major insurances in our area, call our office to double check on yours.
Yes, call our office and we will get you in. If it’s after office hours, there will be a phone number for you to call and leave a message and Dr. Dixon will get back to you as soon as possible.