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Preventive Dental Care | Sealants | Restorative Treatment | Extractions | Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen ("Laughing Gas") | Oral Conscious Sedation | Outpatient General Anesthesia | Cost | Second Opinion

Smiling girl with green shirtPreventive Dental Care

Our goal is for your child to enjoy good oral health for a lifetime. We look forward to working with you to achieve that goal. We begin with the first visit when Dr. Venezie performs a thorough oral examination to assess the health of your child’s teeth and gums as well as your child’s dental and orthodontic development. Following the examination, Dr. Venezie performs a cleaning to remove plaque and calculus that can cause cavities and gum disease. We then apply topical fluoride varnish to make teeth more resistant to decay. As part of the initial visit, Dr. Venezie obtains the radiographs (x-rays) that are appropriate to your child’s stage of development.

Sealants

Most cavities occur on the biting surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). Sealants – white plastic coatings that fill the grooves in these tooth surfaces – are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants are easy to place and require no numbing or removal of tooth structure. Sealants typically last for 3-5 years, but some dietary habits such as chewing ice or hard candy can cause them to wear down more quickly.

Restorative Treatment (Fillings)

Dr. Venezie offers composite fillings that match the color of the tooth as well as traditional amalgam (silver) fillings. Some teeth are too badly decayed to hold a composite or amalgam filling. These teeth require complete coverage with stainless steel crowns. Dr. Venezie is happy to discuss with you the advantages and limitations of each treatment to identify which would be best for your child.

Extractions

Extractions are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer may be necessary to hold space open for the permanent tooth. In addition, some extractions are needed for orthodontic reasons to help guide the eruption and alignment of your child’s permanent teeth.

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. Venezie offers early orthodontic treatment for those children who require treatment to intercept specific problems with their occlusion (bite). These problems can be recognized as early as three years of age. Often, such interceptive treatment can reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.

Before starting treatment for your child, Dr. Venezie will obtain appropriate orthodontic records (e.g., models, x-rays, photos) to help him plan treatment and document the condition of your child’s bite. After reviewing these records, Dr. Venezie will schedule a time to sit down with you to discuss his findings and decide on a plan for treatment, which may include fixed (cemented) or removable orthodontic appliances or braces bonded to the teeth.

The success of interceptive orthodontic treatment depends a great deal on your child’s cooperation with our recommendations for good brushing and flossing as well as proper care for the appliances/braces. Our staff will review these recommendations with you and your child at the beginning and throughout the course of treatment. Our goal is to help your child achieve a healthy bite and a more beautiful smile!

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (“Laughing Gas”)

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen (commonly called “laughing gas”) to help them relax for dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide and is given through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose. The gas is mild, easily taken, and quickly eliminated from the body. Nitrous oxide/oxygen gives most children a relaxed, comfortable feeling. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes. This technique is a very safe, effective way to treat a mildly anxious child.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is recommended for moderately apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatment. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious. There are a variety of medications that can be used for oral conscious sedation. Dr. Venezie will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment needs. Before recommending oral conscious sedation, Dr. Venezie will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this approach. He also will answer any questions you might have concerning the specific medications to be given to your child.

Cost

Costs can vary substantially depending on your child’s dental treatment needs and the treatment approach that you select. Before you are asked to agree to a plan of treatment, we will discuss our treatment recommendations, the available treatment options, the costs of treatment, and available financing arrangements.

Second Opinion

We urge you to seek a second professional opinion with another pediatric dentist if you are uncomfortable with our treatment recommendations for your child.

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