Sleep Dentistry for Kids
Often times a visit to the dentist can be a terrifying for young children. The whirling sound of the drill or the uncomfortable feeling of pressure on their teeth can drive kids into hysterics. For those children with phobias of visiting the dentist or children that require extensive work, sleep sedation can be a good option.
Younger children who need a lot of dental work benefit most from being put to sleep because the dentist can do all of the treatment at once without leaving the child traumatized from the visit. Some older children with inexplicable fear of the dentist who need wisdom teeth extractions or extensive work can also benefit from being put to sleep.
Our office employs a team of dental surgeons, pediatric dentists, and anesthesiologists skilled in many forms of sedation. We use a dental anesthesiologist to oversee and monitor our patients while a dentist performs the dental procedures.
Wear your retainer faithfully. Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to wear your retainer, the length of time, care instructions and more at the removal appointment. Teeth will tend to gravitate to original alignment, wearing your retainer will keep them in position.
The top reasons people do not wear retainers are:
If you think that a night or two without the retainer is not going to affect the teeth—think again. The retainer may not fit even after a couple of nights without wearing. If this happens, again please call your orthodontist and do not procrastinate.
If any questions arise, please call your orthodontist.
Wisdom teeth extraction
At your dental exam, an X-ray may be taken to evaluate your wisdom teeth. The X-ray will show the dentist how your wisdom teeth have developed and the positioning of the teeth. The dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted to prevent future problems. Removing wisdom teeth at the proper time will prevent complications that could arise if done at a later time. Removal of wisdom teeth at a younger age is usually easier, this is due to the roots not being fully developed and bone is less dense than adult bone. The healing process tends to be shorter for younger people.
The difficulty of the removal process depends upon the development and positioning of teeth. If the tooth is present above the gum, it tends to be easier to remove. If a tooth is below gum and embedded in bone, it can be difficult to remove. The dentist may remove the tooth in smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
Healing time for the extractions depend on several different factors, 1. The difficulty of extraction 2. Your general health 3. The compliance of following post-operative instructions.
The dentist will give you post-operative instructions when the extractions are completed. Please follow the guidelines he/she gives you. They may include liquid/soft foods, no rinsing, no drinking from straw, no smoking, avoiding hot beverages and taking medications as directed. There may be more depending on your unique situation.
If you have questions about the removal of your wisdom teeth, call our office at 719 937 2227 and we can help answer for you. We want you to feel comfortable and informed before the removal of your wisdom teeth.