ANXIETY-FREE Children’s DENTAL CARE
The Harrodsburg Kids Dentistry team understands that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience for some children. That’s exactly why we’ve built our practice around providing kids with an encouraging, relaxing environment and guiding parents through every step of the process.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE HERE
Our number-one priority at Harrodsburg Kids Dentistry is your child’s dental health. Our services are safe and reliable for patients of all ages, putting comfort and compassion at the forefront of what we do.
Every child’s case is different, and we work to ensure that your family’s needs are met– and your expectations are succeeded. Our doctors work with you and your child to create a specialized dental health plan.
Harrodsburg Kids Dentistry believes in putting prevention first, and making sure that dental problems are treated before they worsen. A child’s mouth is constantly growing and changing, and we recommend check-up appointments each six months to make sure any issues are addressed as early as possible.
If your child is experiencing cavities, we can bring back comfort and optimal oral health with our restorative dental services. Our comprehensive restorative dentistry includes appropriate sedation and prioritization of safety for each child’s unique case.
TYPES OF SEDATION WE OFFER
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
Some patients may benefit from the use of nitrous oxide– also known as “laughing gas”– during their restorative dental treatment. According to the AAPD, “Nitrous oxide with oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment.”
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
In the case of oral conscious sedation, we offer medications in-office to ease a patient’s anxiety and create a more relaxing dental experience. Oral conscious sedation means that a child remains awake and able to breathe on their own; however, our doctors monitor all vital signs before, during, and after the dental procedure. If your child is very young, has special needs, suffers from anxiety, or must undergo extensive treatment, oral conscious sedation may be an option.
In some cases, general anesthesia may be the best choice for a procedure. This is typically administered when a child is undergoing complex treatment or has significant trouble cooperating. Additionally, some special needs patients and children too young for sedation may benefit from general anesthesia.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT?
According to the AAPD, your child should visit a dentist within the first six months of their first tooth erupting. It’s important to ensure your little one’s teeth are growing properly and to set them up for a life of great dental health!