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First Time Visits
| For new parents, knowing when to bring your little one in for their first visit can be a bit of a mystery. At Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, we take pride in keeping our parents educated. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin routine dental visits by age one. That way, problems may be diagnosed and treated early, or avoided completely. Regular dental care is an important part of your developing child's total health. Establishing us as your child's "Dental Home" provides us the opportunity to implement preventative dental habitspreventative dental habits that can keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We want to protect your child's smile now and in the future. Our dentistry for children is incredibly compassionate with the most gentle touch possible.
We provide state-of-the-art dentistry for children. Our four pediatric locations specialize in pediatric dentistry, which is for infants, children and adolescents. Giving kids a fun, comfortable, and friendly experience will establish confidence and trust that empowers your child to feel good about visiting the dentist and provides them life-long education in taking care of their teeth.
Happy visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goalOur goal is to help all your children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our choice of movies at each chair, the child-sized door, and the play table in the waiting room, to the positive reinforcement of our "Famous Treasure Tower," parents have a hard time getting kids to go home!
The best way to learn more about our office is to contact one of our dentists:
At one of our four pediatric dentistry locations:
We want to help you succeed in starting your child on the right path for their dental care.
Children's Dental Care
| Why are baby teeth so important? They're just going to lose them in a few years right? True and false! Baby teeth are vital to your children's health. They help maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly. Your child's first set of teeth help in their speech development. Baby teeth are important "place holders" for permanent teeth, they help by forming a path that the permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. With our Washington pediatric dentists, kids dental care begins by keeping baby teeth healthy, paving the way for strong permanent teeth.
Primary molars remain in your child's mouth until the age of 11-13 years old. Research has shown that children with dental cavities and oral infections have a higher tendency to become sick, lose concentration, and miss more school days due to pain and an increased need for dental visits. Finally, cavities that are left untreated can potentially lead to severe infections!
We've provided a list of things you can do at home to help care for your children's dental health:
Birth to 1 Year
1 year to 3 years
After the age of 3 years
Please contact us if you have any questionsPlease contact us if you have any questions about your child's dental care.
| When it comes to sedation, we, at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, believe in giving a child the minimum sedation necessary while maintaining their comfort. This can be a very helpful tool in dentistry, sedation allows our young patients to get dental treatments performed with minimal to no anxiety.
What is SedationUsing varying medicine, we are able to relieve pain, numb, and relax your child, helping them be more comfortable during dental treatment.
When is Sedation used?Sedation is used for:
Sedation is a recommended process by the American Dental Association as an effective way to help patients feel more comfortable during their dental visit. Please inform us of any and all medical concerns, medications, or treatments before using a sedative or anesthetic. Our dentists, Dr. Lugo, Dr. Kramar, Dr. Sadler, and Dr. Farmer will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
We offer varying types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, oral sedatives, general anesthetic, and IV sedation.
"Laughing Gas" (Nitrous Oxide)Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their
Oral SedativesAn oral medication that is drunk by the patients, mixed with a juice. This sedation requires no needles, which is often preferred by our young patients. The reaction to this sedation varies, and we never know how a child will react. Some children fall asleep, some don't.
General AnestheticOften known for its needle, this is the most typical sedative we use. It numbs the area, the child feels little to no discomfort, and the effects wear off within 1-2 hours following the procedure.
IV SedationDone in a hospital setting, this sedation guarantees the child to sleep through the entire process. We are able to do all work needed and they experiece no discomfort.
For more information on Sedation Dentistry, and how we can help your child get the work they need done and not feel pain, contact one of our dentists:
At one of our four pediatric dentistry locations:
| When emergencies arise, we do our best to see your child immediately. The staff at Pugent Sound Pediatriccall our officeis here to help you and your child. Some common emergencies we see and what you can do are listed below.
ToothachesToothaches may be miserable for a young child. There are some tips you can try at home before calling our office. Start with brushing the tooth and the surrounding area. Floss that area well for any food particles that may be irritating the gums. Temporary relief can be found with an over the counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen. If the pain is not relieved following these steps, contact us for more advice or to schedule an appointment.
Cold or Canker SoresUsing an over the counter pain reliever can be used while waiting for a canker or cold sore to heal. If the sore seems unusual in any way, contact our office for more information.
Bleeding When a Baby Tooth Falls OutBleeding in your mouth from losing a tooth will stop. If you want, you can apply a guaze to the area and apply light pressure. If the bleeding seems unusual or continues significantly longer than normal, contact our office.
Bitten Tongue, Lips or CheekThis has happened to all of us at some point, and what an awful location, we can't place a band aid there! Parents can hold a cloth in place until the bleeding stops. If the damages appears severe, or if the bleeding does not seem to be stopping, contact a doctor's assistance.
Broken ToothIf a tooth breaks, we can help. This can be a painful problem. What you can do is first rinse the area using warm water. Afterwards an ice pack may bring your child some relief. Next, recover any broken pieces of tooth don't clean them, and place them in a small cup of milk, contact our office immediately, we are able to restore the tooth.
Knocked Out Permanent ToothIf your child loses a permanent tooth, first recover the tooth. Try to not touch the root area of the tooth, pick it up by the crown or tip of the tooth. It's ok to rinse but do not clean or scrub the tooth, even if you see tissue on the tooth. If you think the child will not swallow it, go ahead and reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinserting is not an option, place the tooth into a cup of milk or water. Contact our office immediately, time is essential to save the tooth.
Broken Dental Braces and WiresIf the device or wire can come out easily, go ahead and remove it, we don't want it to damage the child's mouth. If the wire or device can not be pulled out, place a cotton ball or cloth in the area to help prevent damage. It is important that you do not remove any wire that is caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; we want you to see a dentist immediately.
Injured or Possibly Broken JawWith an injured jaw, keep the mouth closed and even tie a towel or handkerchief around the jaw to keep it closed. Immediately take the patient to the Emergency Room.
For more tips and information on Emergency practices, Contact one of our dentists:
At one of our three pediatric dentistry locations, Marysville (360) 659-8100, Monroe (360) 863-8700, Lake Stevens, WA (425) 367-4149 and Stanwood, WA (360) 339-8000. We are here to assist your child in Emergency care, we do not want them to be in pain or discomfort.