We offer a full range of general, cosmetic, and specialty dental services under one roof. We always warmly welcome new patients to our practice and we’re open 7 days a week!
When it comes to pediatric dentistry, we understand children may have anxiety about visiting the dentist.
At Sierra Dental, we hope to make all visits comfortable, stress-free and fun!
After all, finding a pediatric dentist in Calgary who is right for their family can be a daunting task.
It’s understandable for parents to contemplate which dentists will work well with children, or which treatments are right for them.
There are a lot of questions parents have, and our dentists are happy to answer them.
Our team at Sierra Dental works with you and your children to create treatments best-suited for your specific situation and to address any anxieties you have.
Treating a child’s teeth and gums is different than treating adults.
Our pediatric dentist starts by relating to the child, while also providing accurate information and advice to the family about their child’s dental health.
A Happier Dentist Experience
A large part of being effective in pediatric dentistry is understanding that we were all children once.
Viewing what a dentist visit is like from a child’s perspective helps determine what may trigger anxiety, as well as what behaviours may lead to dental issues in the future.
We do not believe in chemical solutions for all dental problems, especially when it comes to young children.
This is why we do not use sedation unless absolutely necessary.
Our dentists focus their practice on reinforcing positive experiences and learning each child’s behaviour management to create a pain-free and fun dental visit.
Preventative Dental Care
Good dental habits need to be formed early.
Preventative treatment is key to a child’s dental health and their behaviour outside of the dentist’s office will have a huge impact on the state of their teeth.
Not only will our dentists provide basic services during your first visit, such as teeth cleaning and examination to ensure normal tooth development, but we will also demonstrate important dental practices.
For example, parents and children will learn how to properly clean teeth and learn about the problems of eating too much sugar.
Parents and children should feel welcome to ask questions during their visit, and we always try to make learning a fun experience for everyone.
When Should My Child Visit The Dentist’s For The First Time?
The Canadian Pediatric Association recommends that your child see a dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, or by the age of one.
Your child’s baby teeth should come in by the time your child is two or three years old, with twenty teeth arriving over time.
It’s normal for children to experience pain during this time, but it can be distressing for both you and your child.
During your first visit, we will discuss the different options are the best to help with the child’s pain when a new tooth comes in.
We will also discuss your child’s oral health and address any concerns or questions you may have including at-home care for your child’s oral health, developmental changes, healthy diet and habits.
Frequently Asked Questions
As opposed to adults, children’s mouths and teeth are developing and changing at a rapid rate. Children are also more susceptible to cavities, and x-rays can identify any signs of tooth decay.
During this visit, the dentist or hygienist will go over your child’s health history and address any specific questions or concerns you have pertaining to your child’s overall oral health. Your dentist can also inform you about your child’s oral development, such as teething and future development. They can give you helpful advice on keeping your child’s teeth and mouth healthy, such as dietary tips to prevent cavities.
At your child’s first dental visit, the dentist will show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth, and give advice about what kind of dental routine to follow. Depending on the age and/or state of your child’s teeth, the dentist may perform some cleaning or administer fluoride.
Conscious sedation is used on children that require multiple procedures at once. This type of sedation is also used on children with special needs because it allows them to relax while the dental work is being done. Conscious sedation will not put your child to sleep, although they may become sleepy. They will still be able to respond to voices and have full control over their protective resources. These include:
- Gas (inhaled)
- Pill or syrup (swallowed)
- Shot (injected)
- Intravenously (through the veins)
Oral sedation is another form of dental sedation used for children. This type of sedation is often used on children who require more help when it comes to sitting still. It is also used when a child is extremely anxious about their dental procedure.
General anesthesia will render your child unconscious so that the dentist can safely work on their mouth. Your child will fall into a deep sleep and will feel no pain. General anesthesia is administered in a hospital by an anesthesiologist and is required for larger surgeries like the removal of tonsils. Your child will be monitored when they are under general anesthesia to ensure that no risks are incurred.
There are certain foods you need to make sure your children understand are not good for their teeth. Below are 4 of the worst foods for your kids’ teeth.
- Carbonated beverages and sugary drinks
- Sticky candy
- Dried fruit
- Starchy foods