First Dental Visit for ChildFrequently Asked Questions

Pediatric Dentistry

On this page you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at the office of Keith Gjebre, DMD.

If you don’t see the answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to Contact us today.

When should my child have his or her first dental visit?

“First visit by first birthday” is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To learn more, visit our First Visit page.

First Dental VisitHow is a pediatric dentist different from a general dentist?

A pediatric dentist receives 2-3 years of training after dental school. This training focuses on management and treatment of developing teeth, child behavior, and the details of a child’s physical growth and development.

For how long can my child continue to see a pediatric dentist?

Children usually stay with a pediatric dentist from their first tooth through the teen years. A special, warm relationship between dentist and patient often develops, assuring that your child will view dentists and dentistry as allies in a lifetime of good health.

Do you offer nitrous oxide?

Absolutely! Because your child’s comfort is key to giving the best care, we offer a wide variety of options in Sedation and Sleep Dentistry. Should one be needed, we have a board certified anesthesiologist available.

What if my child already has dental disease? Can you work with him or her?

We’d be happy to do so. Sometimes problems creep up on even the most attentive parents. We offer cost effective, conservative treatments, and we will work with you so that your child is spared pain and stress while any dental disease is effectively treated.

Remember, our goal is to set a course that will significantly reduce or eliminate dental disease from your child’s life.

My child had some bad early experiences with the dentist. Can you work with him or her?

Yes. Sometimes general dentists forget that small children have special needs and special fears. A dentist who is perfectly capable with adults may not be the best choice for a child.

A pediatric dentist like Dr. Gjebre has special training in working with children. His staff does as well. In time, you may find your “problem” child actually welcomes visits to our office. Contact us so we can find the best path for your child on a road to good dental health.

 

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