Frequently asked Questions:
1. What About My Dental Insurance?
Our office accepts most major dental insurance plans. Please call our office for a list of the insurance plans we accept.
2. What Do I Need to Know About My First Appointment?
It is our goal to have your child’s first appointment be informative and fun. During the first appointment, a thorough dental examination will be performed. Everything that we do will be explained to your child in friendly terms before we do it. A dental cleaning, Fluoride treatment and x-rays may also be done depending on your child’s needs and your acceptance.
3. What Do I Do If I Have a Dental Emergency?
If your child has an accident requiring immediate dental treatment, please call our office at (623) 516-2800. We will see your child immediately. The first 30 minutes after an accident are the most critical to treating dental trauma.Our schedule may be delayed in order to accommodate an injured child. Please accept our apologies in advance should this occur during your appointment. We would do the same if your child were in need of emergency treatment.
4. Are Baby Teeth Really Important?
Baby teeth serve many purposes. They allow a child to speak properly and to chew. They also provide the framework for the permanent dentition.
5. How Do I Protect My Child’s Teeth During Athletic Activity?
Plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth from sport related injuries. A custom mouthguard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe head injuries by providing a small cushion for shock absorbing.
6. What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation or oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
7. How Do I Clean a Baby’s Teeth?
Plaque bacteria can be removed with a toothbrush. A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed for infants, should be used three times a day.
8. DDS or DMD?
The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. The difference is a matter of semantics. The majority of dental schools award the DDS degree; however, some award a DMD degree. The education and degrees are the same.