Pediatric General Anesthesia Dentistry in San Marcos, CA
Going to the dentist can be scary for children. With the loud noises and scary looking tools, dentistry can cause severe anxiety in some patients. Fortunately, there is now a way to make going to the dentist a fun experience for kids. North County Dental Surgery Center provides pediatric sedation dentistry that utilizes the latest technology and allows children to get the dental care they need while they sleep!
Our dentist, anesthesiologist, registered nurses, dental assistants, and office staff are properly trained and knowledgeable in all areas of sleep dentistry to ensure the safety of our patients.
Services we provide include, but are not limited to:
Any sedation beyond conscious sedation should be performed by an anesthesiologist. This is done to minimize the added risks when sedating kids to a deeper level of sedation.
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that children be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by their dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile.
Occasionally, (typically once a year) diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
X-rays are one of the most valuable tools a dentist has for diagnosing problems in the teeth and jaws. Not all issues can be detected by a visual examination alone. Especially in children, x-rays are used to monitor tooth growth and development as well as decay—helping us to keep their mouth and teeth healthy all along the way.
Our office is proud to provide this technology to our patients. Instead of using a traditional dark room, the images are sent electronically to a computer where it can then be easily viewed, stored, sent or printed. This technology and software produces much higher quality images, 90% less radiation and can be more comfortable for the patient than traditional films.
Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations
A fluoride varnish is effective in helping prevent cavities in the mouth of children and adolescents. It is also a great option for children with special needs who are unable to tolerate fluoride trays. The fluoride varnish is simply brushed or “painted” onto the child's tooth enamel. After a fluoride varnish has been applied the child may feel thin coating on their teeth. This feeling will eventually fade with time.
When a primary baby tooth is affected by decay or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of the child's existing tooth. Since the color is the same as the original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your child's teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Dental sealants are an important preventive measure that helps prevent decay on children’s permanent molars. They work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, which shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. We recommend sealants be placed to help preserve your child’s teeth, and would be happy to discuss the benefits of sealants at your child’s next appointment!
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are the longest lasting, most predictable restoration. It is used when the decay is too extensive to restore with a filling.
Our office is proud to offer EZPEDO Pediatric Zirconia Crowns, the number one choice in metal free esthetic pediatric crowns world-wide. Manufactured in Northern California, EZPEDO crowns were developed by two dentists out of a need to have a healthier, stronger, and more esthetic option for their own children.
Our office has been specially trained here in the US to provide EZPEDO crowns to restore your child’s smile back to its natural beauty. From a single tooth, to situations where many teeth are badly decayed, EZ Pedo Crowns may be an excellent long-term treatment option to restore oral health and wellness.
For patient instructions after an EZPEDO crown has been placed, click here.
Pulpotomy (Nerve Treatment for Primary Teeth)
When decay reaches the nerve/pulp of the baby tooth a pulpotomy or baby root canal is necessary. The nerve located in the top of the tooth is removed and a medicament is place. For children the procedure is a very short process, which allows the tooth to remain intact till ready to fall out naturally.
At North County Dental Surgery Center, extractions are performed when removing a tooth is the best option for restoring the health of the patient's mouth. Our dentist may recommend an extraction when a tooth is:
- Significantly damaged or decayed
- Impacted (stuck) in the mouth
- Complications from trauma
- Delayed exfoliation
- Orthodontic request
When a tooth has to be extracted due to the extent of decay, space maintainers help keep the teeth in the proper position until the permanent teeth erupt.
If your child could benefit from general anesthesia for their dental care, contact us today at 760-294-6208 to make an appointment at North County Dental Surgery Center. We look forward to hearing from you!