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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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Tooth Extractions for Children

Extractions

Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

At times, extractions may be needed. Tooth decay left untreated can cause more damage. This can cause even the toughest all-stars to need a tooth removed. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we perform extractions from the comfort of our office.

Tooth Extractions and Your Child

Our goal is to ensure that during the extraction, your child is as comfortable as possible. Before we get started, we will give your child an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. We help your child understand that after this point, they won’t feel a thing! However, you will want to talk to your child about being careful not to bite the cheek, lip, or tongue afterward. We recommend that your child not eat any foods that require chewing for a few hours after until they regain feeling in the mouth.

Recovery Time

We strive to make your child’s appointment and recovery as comfortable as possible. After surgery, we place a gel foam in the extraction site. This helps to stop any bleeding. The gel foam goes away on its own and is okay to be swallowed if it comes out. For the first day or two after tooth extractions, stick to calm activities. Do not drink through a straw or brush near the extraction site. Ice packs and pain medication can help with any swelling.

In addition, stress the importance of keeping the mouth clean after tooth extractions with your child. Your child should still brush and floss the teeth around the healing tooth. To clean the extraction site, help your child rinse gently with a glass of warm salt water after meals. Be sure your child doesn’t rinse too vigorously.

Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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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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Halloween Candy Buy Back for Our Troops!

Looking for something to do with all of that Halloween candy this year? It’s that spooky time of the year again! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is buying your child’s excess candy! We will be donating candy to Operation Gratitude to support our troops.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Details

Great Grins will pay $1 for each pound of Halloween candy that your child brings in, up to 5 pounds! Come in to our office at 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85712 between November 1-2. Feel free to call ahead at (520)325-4746 to check office hours or for any questions you may have! Read on to learn more about other Halloween activities going on at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry.

Halloween Fun

Aside from participating in school fall festivals around the community, the Great Grins team also loves to bring the fun to our own office! Throughout the month of October, you will find our team’s decorated pumpkins on display. We hold a pumpkin contest every year and our patients get to vote! On October 28 and October 31, 2016, we will be wearing Halloween costumes. Can you guess what the Great Grins team will be dressed up as? ANIMALS! Join us for a fun-filled month at the dentist!

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A Board Certified Pediatric Dentist – What’s That?

Our doctors at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele, are both board certified pediatric dentists. So what does that mean, anyway?

The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry aims to raise the bar for pediatric dentists by providing certifications to those who want only the best possible care for their patients. Board certification is voluntary and is based on the highest standards of pediatric knowledge and clinical skill.

What Does it Take to Become Board Certified?

To become board certified, our dentists had to complete a written examination, present patient cases for expert review, and complete an oral examination to evaluate diagnosis, treatment planning, and finished treatment ability. Taking the time and energy to become board certified demonstrates a desire to be held to the highest clinical standards.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists at Great Grins

When you book an appointment with Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and skills in the latest technologies and advancements. Drs. Angela Wolfman and Kedar Lele stay on top of the industry with continuing education.

It’s a lifelong commitment like this that provides your child with a healthy smile for life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 520-325-4746!

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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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