First Visits (Happy Visit)
When should a child first see a dentist?
According to the Canadian Association of Pediatric Dentistry (CAPD) guidelines, infants should initially visit the dentist by twelve months of age. We wholeheartedly agree with their recommendation. Early dental care and diagnosis can give us time to help reduce risks factors that we may find in our primary prevention program. This will help protect your child’s smile and overall health. Our goal is to introduce your child to a lifetime of healthy dental habits.
What will happen during the first visit?
We know a first visit and new dental visit for a child of any age can sometimes be stressful for both guardians and children. We understand that and want to make each child feel as comfortable and happy as possible about visiting the dentist. First, we appreciate all your help in making your child's dental visit begin with a good start. We recommend parents always be positive! This will help reduce or prevent any anxiety a child may have before their visit.
As a new patient you and your child will meet our team and have an orientation of the office. We will do all we can to make your child comfortable and at ease. An initial visit will include a consultation and review of any concerns or specific questions you may have, review of dental and overall health, an oral examination, soft tissue examination, xrays if necessary, dental development examination, dietary and nutritional counseling and parent/patient education. We aim to teach you and your child how to best care for their teeth and how to help fight gum and tooth disease. All information is provided in age appropriate manner to help nurture and encourage your child.
Check-Ups & Cleanings
You do not need a referral to visit Gateway Pediatric Dentistry. We do offer a preventive dentistry and will develop a plan that is specific to your child’s needs.
General anesthesia may be indicated for your child depending on your child’s dental needs, age or level of anxiety. All dental treatment requiring general anesthesia will be administered by a fully licensed, board certified medical anesthesiologist at an appointed surgical centre or Stollery Children’s hospital. Treatment will be completed in one appointment by one of our pediatric dentists.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Some children may benefit from having dental treatment completed under nitrous oxide or often called “laughing gas”. This may help manage and reduce anxiety or a gagging reflex that may interfere with dental treatment. Our pediatric dentists will assess your child at their visit and determine if nitrous oxide is recommended for your child.
Special Care Dentistry
Gateway Pediatric Dentistry understands that each and every patient is different and unique. We believe each child should have a plan for their own individualized needs. We strive to provide an environment that is safe, caring, fun and educational for all patients and their guardians. Some children with special needs may be prone to developing periodontal disease and cavities because brushing and flossing may be a difficult task or their dietary intake or oral health is affected by medical conditions. These conditions can make it difficult for your child to maintain healthy teeth and gums on their own throughout their lifetime. A plan is developed and adapted for each unique requirement and need. This can be basic adaptations and accommodations or advanced strategies such as general anesthesia. We want to ensure that your child is comfortable every step of the way in maintaining their oral health.
Silver Diamine Flouride
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been shown to be effective in arresting caries. This may be recommended by your pediatric dentist as a part of a caries management plan for your child. Carious lesions treated with SDF usually turn black and hard. Stopping the cavities from progressing may take several applications but can be a beneficial procedure for your child.
When your child needs urgent dental care we are here to help. Even though our office hours are 8:00 am-4:00 pm, we always have a doctor on call to answer any concerns you may have. For after hours emergency care please call our office (put number) and an emergency contact number will be provided on the voicemail.
Restorative Dentistry and Extractions