If you have ever taken a child to the dentist for a check-up, then you probably know how difficult it can be for your child to have to undergo a dental x-ray. Not only does the prospect of a visit with the dentist bring on anxiety for many children, the added stress of having to have an x-ray by themselves can add to it. In addition, many parents are also becoming increasingly concerned with the negative effects of radiation that x-rays expose their children.
But now these worries that cause both parent and child to be anxious in the day if their dental appointment can be gone for good!
Now with the new technology of the ProOne X-ray machine being used at Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry, you and your child can have a more pleasant -and safer - visit!
The ProOne emits half the radiation of traditional dental x-rays, meaning you can rest assured that your child's dental visit will always leave them healthier - without potentially dangerous levels of radiation.
The ProOne also takes care of those often troubling mouth pieces. Images are produced with the highest level of accuracy, multiple attempts will also not be needed - the ProOne's cone repositions itself closer to the face automatically to take those tricky bite wing pictures. Photos are also processed quicker, making time between positioning go faster. Photos are clearer than pictures older x-ray machines can produce, so the visit is made more efficient by making diagnosis easier.
The ProOne also makes it easier for your child to properly position themselves for their x-ray. The easy, wide open side entry position means there will be less of a chance that your child will be in the wrong position. It also has special beams that show the patient where to position themselves, making it easy and even more relaxed for small kids.
The ProOne teamed up with all the latest in Pediatric Dentistry available here, plus our great team of professionally trained pediatric dentists, ensures that every time you and your child come for a visit over at Edgewater Pediatric, your visit will always be pleasant and quick.
Does your child need oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ?
Our pediatric dentists are licensed and extremely experienced in oral sedation dentistry, or sedative medicines given by mouth.
Oral sedation may be a good option for children who have a high level of anxiety. A child’s fear about dental treatment may lead to behavior management problems, and it can be a barrier to their successful dental treatment. In these cases, oral sedation can relieve a child’s anxiety, help increase their cooperation, and make their dental experience more comfortable. Our dentists may also recommend oral sedation for children who are too young to cope in a cooperative fashion, for patients with special needs, or for children who require extensive dental treatment.
With oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, your child should be relaxed and drowsy, but conscious enough to respond to simple questions and instructions. You will need to stay for a short time after your child’s dental treatment, and you may need to carry your child home after sedation. Your pediatric dentist will discuss with you how your child will be monitored. You can rest assured that the Edgewater Dentistry team will make sure your child’s recovery is complete, and that they will look out for any problems.
Following are answers to some of the most common questions regarding oral sedation dentistry.
Who should be orally sedated for dental treatment?
Oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ is a good option for children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills, and for some children with special needs. However, there is NO GUARANTEE that the sedation will be effective for your child. Some children will sleep throughout the procedure, others may take a long time to relax and then fall asleep, and others may be combative the entire time. Every child is different. Please note, the fee is non-refundable, should the oral sedation be ineffective and you choose to end the treatment treatment.
Why utilize oral sedation dentistry NJ?
Sedation is used for a child's safety and comfort during dental procedures. It allows the child to cope better with dental treatment, and it helps prevent injury to the child from uncontrolled or undesirable movements. Sedation promotes a better environment for providing dental care, and it lengthens the attention span of the child to minimize the amount of visits. Most full mouth rehabilitation can be completed in 1 to 2 sedation visits.
What medications are used for oral sedation?
Various medications can be used to sedate a child. Medicines will be selected based upon your child's overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations. For very young patients undergoing oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, we prefer to use a Demerol/Vistaril combination, because Demerol has a reversal agent in case of an emergency. For the older anxious patient, we use Halcion.
Is oral sedation safe?
Sedation can be used safely and effectively when administered by a pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To reduce the risk of respiratory depression, we carefully monitor your child’s oxygen intake with a pulse oximeter and precordial stethoscope. For your child’s safety, we also ensure two dental assistants are always present when your child has been orally sedated.
What special instructions should I follow before my child’s oral sedation dentistry?
Children tolerate procedures best when their parents understand what to expect and prepare them for the experience. If you have any questions about the sedation process, please ask. As you become more confident, so will your child. Should your child become ill, contact your pediatric dentist to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment. Tell your pediatric dentist about any prescribed, over the counter, or herbal medications your child is taking, and check whether any medications should be taken the day of the sedation. Your pediatric dentist will provide additional instructions before your sedation visit, which you should follow carefully.
What special instructions should I follow after my child’s appointment?
Your pediatric dentist will evaluate your child and discharge him or her when they are responsive, stable, and ready to go. Children recover from effects of sedatives at different rates, so be prepared to remain at the office until the after-effects are minimal. Once home, your child must remain under adult supervision until fully recovered from the effects of the sedation. Your pediatric dentist will discuss specific post-sedation instructions with you, including appropriate diet and physical activity.
At Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry, we know that all children are not alike, and we use our specialty training to find the sedation methods that are right for your child. Our mission is to ensure that every child and their family receives respect, support, and the finest dental care in a safe and nurturing environment.
To discuss whether oral sedation dentistry in Edgewater, NJ is right for your child, please call us at (201) 313-5437 today.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective form of conscious sedation which can be used to calm an anxious child during their dental visit. Since it can produce a feeling of giddiness or euphoria, it is often called “laughing gas.” Because the child is relaxed but remains awake, they can interact more effectively with the dentist, and can receive more comfortable treatment. Nitrous oxide is also a good option for children whose gag reflex interferes with a dental procedure.
Nitrous oxide is delivered through a small mask over the nose. It’s always mixed with oxygen, so your child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. When your child has nitrous oxide dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, they should become less agitated and nervous as the gas begins to work.
Your child will smell a faint, sweet aroma, and will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Children sometimes report dreaming and their arms and legs may feel “tingly.” It raises the pain threshold, and may even make the time appear to pass quickly. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide.
The sedative effects of the gas are mild and fast-acting, but they wear off just as quickly once turned off. After your child has nitrous oxide dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, the dentist may also use oxygen to help flush the gas from your child’s body.
Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated, has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations, and is non-allergenic. Your child retains all natural reflexes, and he or she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide can also be used in combination with other sedative agents.
However, nitrous oxide dentistry may not be suitable for all children. Our experienced pediatric dentists take the time to review your child’s medical history, anxiety levels, and dental needs before deciding whether nitrous oxide dentistry in Edgewater, NJ is an appropriate sedative option for your child. It is generally not recommended if your child suffers from nasal congestion, severe anxiety, or discomfort wearing a nasal mask.
If nitrous oxide is recommended for your child, they should have little or no food in the two hours before their dental visit. You must also tell your pediatric dentist about any congestion or respiratory condition impacting your child’s breathing on the day of the procedure.
At Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry, we know that all children are not alike, and we use our specialty training to find the sedation methods that are right for your child. Our mission is to ensure that every child and their family receives respect, support, and the finest dental care in a safe nurturing environment.
To discuss whether your child could benefit from nitrous oxide dentistry in Edgewater, NJ, please call us at (201) 313-5437 today.
Tooth decay, called dental caries, is caused when bacteria in the mouth eats away the enamel of the tooth. That enamel is the tooth’s protective outer layer, so when it is breached, the tooth is prone to the development of a cavity and other even more serious problems. In the ongoing battle against dental caries, Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry is proud to add a new diagnostic tool — the CariVu Caries Detection System — to our practice.
What is CariVu?
CariVu is a highly advanced device used to detect dental caries. This compact, portable device uses patented transillumination technology to effectively identifiy occlusions and interproximal or recurrent lesions and cracks caused by tooth decay. CariVu creates images that we capture and store with our patients’ X-rays and other history.
How does CariVu work?
The CariVu system utilizes a nimble handpiece that the dentist can manipulate as needed around the individual teeth. The handpiece has lights on two sides that surround the tooth. The light used is near-infrared which, in images, displays the healthy natural enamel and tooth as transparent. The caries attract the light and show up as very dark areas. These images can be likened to X-ray images, where dark areas in the film signify lesions. One advantage of CariVu over other fluorescent imaging mechanisms is that CariVu does not need the tooth to be clean of bacteria.
When is CariVu used in the detection of dental caries?
The first step in our examination is taking an X-ray of the patient’s entire bite. If the X-rays shows any suspicious areas that could be harboring decay we opt to get a second opinion with the CariVu system. Why is this necessary? A study from the UCLA School of Dentistry found that the presence of caries was missed up to 40 percent of the time. And 20 percent of the time, healthy teeth were misdiagnosed as having decay. This two tier exam protocol lets us confidently identify if there is a need for additional monitoring of the tooth or an immediate intervention.
The key here is early detection of any decay, and at Edgewater Pediatric we feel the CariVu system gives us an edge.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Caries arrest medication
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?
Silver diammine fluoride is a topical medicament used to treat and prevent dental caries and relieve dentinal hypersensitivity.
What special considerations are associated with SDF?
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an antibiotic liquid used on cavities to help stop tooth decay, as well as treat tooth sensitivity. SDF application every 6-12 months is necessary. Treatment with SDF does not eliminate the need for dental fillings or crowns to repair function or aesthetics. Patients who are allergic to silver or have painful sores or raw areas on the gums or anywhere in the mouth (i.e.: ulcerative gingivitis, stomatitis, etc.) should not be treated with SDF.
What are the alternatives to SDF treatment?
No treatment -- which may lead to continued deterioration of tooth structures and cosmetic appearance; symptoms may also increase in severity. Depending on location and extent of decay, other treatment may include placement of fluoride varnish, fillings, crown, extraction or referral for advanced treatment modalities.
Effective, one visit, in-office
What is IV Sedation?
Intravenous sedation means that the sedative medication is administered directly into the bloodstream using a needle inserted into a vein. This allows the fast onset of sedation and gives the dentist better control on the sedation level, which are considered as main advantages of IV sedation over the other sedation methods. However the need to use a needle is one of the main concerns against IV sedation especially for needle phobic patients.
Who should receive IV sedation for dental treatment?
IV sedation is indicated for children with moderate dental needs and are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. IV sedation would be ideal for patients where oral sedation may not be effective.
Is IV sedation safe?
Although there is some risk associated with IV sedation , it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility. Precautions are taken to protect your child during IV sedation. Continuous monitoring of any patient undergoing IV sedation dentistry is critically important for ensuring the safety of IV sedation procedure. Breathing, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are monitored by a combination of clinical observation and use of electronic equipment.
Effective, one visit, recommended for severe cases or medically compromised patients
What is general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. This would be done at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Who should receive general anesthesia for dental treatment?
General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.
Is general anesthesia safe?
Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility. Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely. Your child will be intubated and monitored by an anesthesiologist in a hospital setting.