Downey Park Family Dentistry is excited to announce that our offices are reopen to serve our community. We are taking additional special measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team, and appreciate your understanding that things will look and function a bit differently in our office for the time being.
Tooth decay can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. But even if you do your best to care for your little one’s teeth, they may end up with a cavity. If you think your child has a cavity, a dental filling from First Smiles Children’s Dentistry is the best way to protect their oral health. Contact us now for a consultation with Dr. Chris Ha, and get the care they need.
42% of kids from the age of 2-11 have had at least one cavity in a baby tooth, and 21% of kids from the age of 6-11 have had at least one cavity in an adult tooth.
To begin the process, Dr. Ha will clean the area and numb your child’s mouth to keep them comfortable throughout their filling. We’re specialists at caring for kids, so we’ll keep your little one feeling great during their appointment.
Once their mouth is numb, Dr. Ha will gently remove enamel from the damaged tooth. He will clean away any damaged or decayed material to prepare the tooth for a filling.
We use composite (tooth-colored) fillings at your children's dentist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Ha will choose a resin material that matches your child’s teeth perfectly. Then, he will apply it to the tooth, reshaping it and restoring its appearance and strength.
Once the overall shape of the filling is right, Dr. Ha will check your child’s bite a couple of times using special paper. Then, he’ll make any necessary adjustments so that their new filling fits into their bite perfectly. After that, you and your little one will be sent home by your Modesto kids dentist.
Sedation is most often used to treat dental anxiety and keep children at ease during their treatment. Fear of the dentist is very common, and sedation can keep your child calm during their appointments.
Additionally, sedation helps with pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions. It also helps young patients feel more comfortable if they need to sit still for longer treatment times.
As long as your child is healthy and is not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation, your child should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us to learn more about sedation options for your child. We can discuss any concerns you may have during a consultation.
This depends on the method of sedation. With laughing gas, your child will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but will be fully conscious and aware of their surroundings. They will also feel less discomfort during treatment.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make patients feel groggy or sleepy. Your child will likely fall asleep, and probably won’t remember much about the procedure. However, they will not be unconscious, and can still be woken and respond to commands.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. Your child will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from the procedure.
When done correctly, sedation dentistry for children, even toddlers, is completely safe. Several precautions are taken to ensure a seamless experience. First, we’ll take a detailed health history to make sure we recommend the right sedation option. We’ll then discuss options with the parent or guardian so that you understand the effects and are prepared to care for your child after their procedure. All methods of sedation dentistry are provided by professional and skilled team members, so you rest assured that your child's well-being is of the utmost importance.
All the 20 baby teeth will fall out before your child becomes an adult.