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Kids are special to us and we want them to know it. One of our goals in the dental center is to make children happy and less fearful while receiving dental care, so we take extra steps to make them comfortable before and during their visit. The following tips and information can help you prepare your child for their visit.
During dental examinations, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, jaws and face. Usually a child’s teeth are cleaned with a rubber cup or a toothbrush and fluoride is administered. Sometimes x-rays are taken to assess the roots and jawbone structures and seek out hidden caries (cavities).
During dental restorations, teeth may be filled with white or silver fillings. Teeth can also be capped with stainless steel crowns or removed if the decay is extensive or the tooth is abscessed. Often, we administered nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help the child remain calm. We also may administer local anesthesia that numbs the teeth. We slowly apply a numbing agent before the injection so that any discomfort is minimized. Sedation and medical immobilization are available for extremely apprehensive children. Other times and circumstances may require general anesthesia, wherein the child is totally asleep and does not feel anything. Ask the dentist which is best for your child.
Our specialists are well-versed in the techniques that can make your child feel less afraid and feel less pain. There are several behavior guidance methods used by pediatric dentists that may be used to help your child cope with a dental appointment. All techniques used at Children's Hospital Colorado are approved by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Occasionally, more advanced behavioral guidance methods are needed. These techniques may include general anesthesia and medical immobilization (papoose board). Advanced behavioral guidance techniques are not used unless absolutely necessary, and only after obtaining permission from the parent. Some techniques are very basic. For instance, a technique that we use almost all of the time is called "Tell-Show-Do." We tell the child what we are going to do, do a quick demonstration, and then perform the procedure while repeating the tell-show-do. In other words, we explain and show everything to the child in advance so that they will not have anything to fear. Other basic behavioral guidance methods include voice control and administering nitrous oxide to help the child remain calm. Learn more about behavioral guidance methods from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Children's Colorado emphasizes the importance of providing family-centered care, placing your child and family at the center of all care decisions. If you are unclear of why a specific technique is being used with your child, you are always encouraged to ask the dentist about it.
The Dental Center is located just east of Children's Colorado in a separate building with its own patient parking lot. Our address is:
1575 Wheeling Street
Aurora, CO 80045
We are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone numbers :
• Appointments: 720-777-6788
• Residency phone number: 720-777-4044