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Oral Sedation and Your Child

Oral sedation is an excellent way to calm any nerves and ensure your child comfortably receives the dental care they need. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we love working with children. We understand that it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed in new situations. Our friendly staff treats every patient as our own family. We want your child to feel comfortable throughout every appointment.
We offer three types of sedation to meet every child’s unique needs, including nitrous oxide, office-based sedation, and hospital-based sedation. Do you have trouble calming your child’s fears for every dentist visit? Does your child require a more invasive dental treatment? Then sedation dentistry can help!

Nitrous Oxide

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes nitrous oxide as a very safe option for children. Also called laughing gas, it is a non-addictive and effective oral sedation option. Nitrous oxide includes a mild mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This combination helps your child relax while remaining conscious and in control of all natural reflexes.

Office-Based Sedation

In addition to laughing gas, we can also provide I.V. sedation in our office. Similar to nitrous oxide, I.V. sedation will help your child relax while remaining conscious. It may cause drowsiness, allowing your child to fully relax or even fall asleep for a quick nap. I.V. sedation must be administered through your child’s vein by our anesthesiologist.

 

Hospital-Based Sedation

For more complex treatments, we can also perform hospital-based sedation with general anesthesia. We can only perform this type in an outpatient setting because it puts your child completely to sleep throughout of the treatment. In addition, if your child has more difficult medical needs, treatment may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Contact our office today if you have any questions or concerns about oral sedation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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X-Rays: Are They Safe for Children?

Dental X-Rays: What Are They For?

Dental x-rays allow dentists to get an inside look at your child’s teeth and jaw to find issues they are unable to see with the naked eye. Cavities can form between teeth, and x-rays help dentists find them. Some children or adults have extra teeth or are more likely to need braces in the future. X-rays allow dentists to see this. So, how safe are they? Read below to learn more about radiographs and their uses.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Yes—in moderation. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), the amount of radiation we’re exposed to from dental x-rays over the course of our lifetimes is minuscule. The average radiation dose in the U.S. is 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) per year. Only about 3.1 mSv come from natural sources and approximately 3.1 mSv from man-made sources. Roughly half of the man-made radiation exposure is related to CT scanning.*

State laws also set requirements for using radiation. At Great Grin’s children’s dentistry, we comply with all laws and regulations regarding the use and frequency of dental x-rays. We use digital, low-dose radiation x-rays to make them as safe as possible!

Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

In short, the benefits of your child getting a dental x-ray far outweigh the risks. Undetected problems can worsen over time. This can lead to pain and bigger problems in the future. The longer you wait for decay to be treated, the more costly it can be. Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele are happy to answer any questions regarding your child’s dental health. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson, AZ at (520)325-4746. Whether you have a question regarding insurance, dental x-rays, or appointment scheduling, we are happy to help!

 

*X-Rays. (n.d.). Retrieved July 07, 2016, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/x-rays.

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Dental Emergency Tucson, AZ

Dental Emergency Information

Emergencies can strike without warning, requiring emergency dental care. Has your child had an accident at school and hurt their teeth? At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we offer 24-hour care for patients of record so you can feel comfortable knowing your child is in good hands. In the case of a dental emergency, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are happy to help.

Call Great Grins in Tucson, AZ

If you have an after-hours emergency and your child is a patient of record at Great Grins, call our office at (520) 325-4746 (GRIN) and follow the instructions to reach our doctors. Remember to remain calm, speak clearly, and leave your contact information in a message. One of our doctors will return your call shortly.

Dental Emergency: What To Do

If your child loses a permanent tooth, there are ways you can help treat the problem at home. As always, remain calm. First, it’s important to find the tooth. Then, hold it by the crown and gently try to reinsert it into the socket. If you notice debris in the tooth, you can gently rinse it in cool water. Do not scrub the tooth. If you’re unable to clean the tooth or reinsert it into the socket, put the tooth in a glass of milk and call us immediately. The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act fast!

Pediatric Dentist

For more information on dental emergency situations and what to do, click here. For any emergency, the process goes smoother if you have a primary care provider or dentist. Be sure to schedule your child’s regular dental appointments. Infants can be seen as soon as 6 months after their first tooth comes in! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our priority is to establish a dental home for your little one. Call us at (520)325-4746 to schedule a check up and our doctors will be there to help in the future during a dental emergency if  needed.

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Teething Time: Relief For Your Baby

Teething Time

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages you to bring your baby in around their first birthday or no later than six months after their first tooth erupts—whichever comes first. This helps to provide a solid dental foundation that will last well into adulthood.

Baby Teeth

Most often, you should see your baby’s first tooth between 5 – 8 months, typically in the bottom front of the mouth. It’s also possible for your baby to be born with teeth already. These are called natal teeth, and they can form under the gums before your child is born.

If you notice your baby’s teeth start to come in, it’s time to start practicing daily hygiene to eliminate toothaches, gum disease, and serious developmental and health problems down the road.

Pain Relief for Teething Babies

We know the teething phase can be a frustrating time for parents and babies, but in reality, the majority of babies move through this stage without difficulty. When the back teeth erupt, your baby may suffer from fevers, ear aches, and blood blisters, but there are ways to make your baby feel better.

You can reduce your baby’s discomfort by providing something cold to chew on. Over-the-counter children’s painkillers can also alleviate some pain, but NEVER apply aspirin directly to the gums, which can burn the tissue. If your baby doesn’t respond to any of these suggestions, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 520-325-4746.

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Your Infant’s First Dentist Trip: as Easy as 123!

Is it time for your child’s first dental appointment?

If you are feeling anxious about your baby’s first dentist trip, don’t worry! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we perform a knee-to-knee exam for babies to ensure a calmer, less overwhelming trip to the dentist.

If you have been looking for a dentist in Tucson, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are board certified pediatric dentists that specialize in children’s dental needs.

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

Our team is specially trained to work with children, and there are some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Hold your child in your lap with their head in another’s lap to practice this position before your appointment.
2. Gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. 
3. Remain calm.

As pediatric dentists, we know little ones can be unpredictable, and even the most prepared child can get overwhelmed and cry. If you show that you’re stressed, it will make it harder to calm your child down as well. We are here to help you and your child relax and be as comfortable as possible throughout the exam.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on how to prepare your child for the first visit, contact our office at 520-325-4746!

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