Gila C. Dorostkar, DDS, PC: Pediatric Dentistry

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What is a pediatric dentist?

What is a pediatric dentist?

 

In the same way that a Pediatrician is a spcialized medical doctor, a Pediatric Dentist is a dentist that has been specially trained in the unique needs of children's dental health. To become a Pediatric Dentist, a dentist must go on to complete a 2-year medical residency in children's dental care after completing the traditional four years of dental school. Only those dentists that meet the residency requirement are permitted to call themselves a Pediatric Dentist.

To learn more about Pediatric Dentists, please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website by clicking here:

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/pediatric-specialists/Pages/What-is-a-Pediatric-Dentist.aspx

Do you accept dental insurance?

Do you accept dental insurance?

 

To better ensure that all medical decisions are made with only the best interests of the patient in mind, we are an independent medical provider. We will electroncially submit insurance claims on your behalf to most major medical and dental insurance companies. However, we will be treated as an out-of-network provider and all reimbursement payments will be mailed directly to the eligible insurance subscriber. In many cases, the reimbursment amount will cover 100% of your office fees. But insurance plans vary between companies and policies, and your individual reimbursment will depend on the details of your specific plan. We will collect full payment for treatment at the time of your visit.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association all recommend that children have their first dental visit by age one. To encourage new parents to follow through on this recommendation, we offer a complimentary Jumpstart exam for toddlers less than 24 months of age. (Please visit the Jumpstart page for more details.)

What is a sealant?

What is a sealant?

 

Made of clear or shaded plastic (no BPA), sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Even if a child brushes and flosses carefully, it is almost impossible to clean the deep hills and valleys on back teeth.  Food and bacteria build up in these tiny grooves and pits, placing a child in danger of tooth decay.  Sealants seal out food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.

What is nitrous oxide?

What is nitrous oxide?

 

Nitrous oxide / oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide.  When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect.  Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide / oxygen from the body.  Nitrous oxide / oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry.  It is not addictive.  Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide / oxygen.  If the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment worry your child, he or she may respond more positively with the use of "happy air."

Why are filling appointments always scheduled in the morning?

Why are filling appointments always scheduled in the morning?

 

A positive treatment experience is a critical component of long term dental health. Children do best for fillings and other treatment visits earlier in the day when they are fresh and rested. By scheduling filling appointments in the morning, we have the best chance to have a positive outcome for your child.

Why fill baby teeth when they fall out anyway?

Why fill baby teeth when they fall out anyway?

 

While it is true that baby teeth do eventually come out, it also true that they are important to your child in the meantime.  Children need their baby teeth to speak clearly, eat comfortably, and smile with self-confidence.  Also, baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth.  If one is lost, the others shift into the empty space.  This often means bite crowding problems in a child's future.  In addition, a decayed baby tooth can become infected and cause severe pain for a child.