pediatric dentist in round rock, tx

FAQs

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Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock provides the best experience for your child to receive comprehensive dental care in a friendly environment. We have come up with a list of Frequently Asked Questions to educate both parents and their children to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

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We offer two different options of sedation for our little patients who are nervous about their upcoming procedures. To learn more, please read through our sedation page.

Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a blend of two gases, Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (N2O-O2). It’s inhaled through a mask that rests on your child’s nose and can be bubblegum and strawberry scented. When inhaled, it produces a calming or euphoric effect that will be sure to generate a couple laughs!

The relaxing effect that N2O produces is the primary benefit. This allows your child to tolerate sometimes uncomfortable procedures like injections of local anesthesia, or having your mouth open for an extended period of time. Nitrous Oxide also decreases the gag reflex, which makes treating the back teeth much easier.

Yes, it is very safe. There have been no reported cases of hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to N2O. It is easily accepted by most children and results in a fully conscious and relaxed state during treatment. Nitrous Oxide is quickly eliminated by the body to ensure there are no lingering aftereffects once your child leaves the office.

Yes, we recommend that your child consumes little to no food before their dental visit. Nausea or vomiting can occur when a child has a full stomach. Let Dr. Bookmyer know of any colds, respiratory conditions or change in medications before their appointment.

Unfortunately, Nitrous Oxide does not work for every child. Dr. Bookmyer will evaluate each child to determine the severity of their anxiety if a more extensive and alternate method is necessary. Our goal is to provide your child with a comfortable experience at Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock.

Dr. Bookmyer offers an alternative in-house sedation method that helps children cooperate and relax for their treatment.

Nitrous Oxide (N2O), or “laughing gas” is used as an alternative to using a local anesthetic like getting a shot. Other procedures do require being numb, which lasts about an hour and a half for most patients. We do offer a reversal called Oraverse, which cuts the amount of time feeling numb by half.

Sugars and fermentable carbohydrates are in your child’s milk and juice. These substances soak your child’s teeth in sugar which leads to rapid decay whenever they drink from their sippy cup or bottle.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends discontinuing the use of the bottle by the age of 1 because children have the upper front teeth present and usually some molars. The longer these teeth have been present, the more they are at risk for early caries (cavities). Also, children at this age can usually drink out of a cup. When using the bottle, remove it from your child’s mouth when they’ve finished drinking. Never let your child sleep with the bottle, especially through the night.

Your child’s mouth must always be kept clean, even before they have teeth. Begin a lifelong habit for them with a simple small terry cloth towel. Rubbing and cleaning their gums every day with the towel will remove bacteria and stimulate healthy gum tissue. It also gets your child used to the feeling and creates less anxiety and fighting when you need to begin brushing.

You can begin using an infant toothbrush when your baby starts to lose their teeth. Do not use a fluoride toothpaste until your child is 3, unless Dr. Bookmyer recommends doing so earlier. Your child’s teeth/mouth should be cleaned and brushed more than once a day, but the most important time is at night before bedtime. Should you have any additional questions please give us a call at 512-733-5311.

Sealants work by “sealing” the tiny grooves in teeth where it is difficult to keep clean and toothbrush bristles are too thick to reach. Food and bacteria build up in these areas, which places your child in danger of tooth decay. Sealants basically “seal out” the food and plaque, and thus reduce the risk for decay.

The teeth that are most at risk of decay, and those that a sealant will adhere to, such as all permanent molars (6 year & 12-year molars), and sometimes primary molars and adult premolars. Dr. Bookmyer can discuss which teeth on your child will benefit from sealants the most.

Research shows that sealants can last for several years. With regular visits, your child can be protected throughout the “most cavity-prone years.” If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids biting on hard objects, the sealants will last longer. Dr. Bookmyer can easily repair or replace a lasting or damaged sealant. She even has a Sealant Warranty!

The application process is a quick and comfortable process. It only takes one visit. Each tooth is cleaned and dried first. The sealant material is painted on and hardened with a special blue light.

Absolutely! Sealants are only one important step in the overall plan to keep your child cavity-free for a lifetime. Sealants are designed to protect the “chewing surfaces” of the teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are still essential to a bright and healthy smile.

Thumbsucking gradually subsides around the ages of 2 and 3. The longer the child sucks their thumb, the longer it takes for them to stop. You should begin discouraging your child between the ages of 3 and 4. Children also usually stop when they’re in or about to start school.

Thumbsucking gradually subsides around the ages of 2 and 3. The longer the child sucks their thumb, the longer it takes for them to stop. You should begin discouraging your child between the ages of 3 and 4. Children also usually stop when they’re in or about to start school.

Most children that suck their thumb or pacifier in their early childhood don’t encounter long-term problems. The more time a child spends sucking their thumb, the more problems they may have later down the road. The sucking can cause a permanent misalignment of your child’s teeth and the bones surrounding them.

Children’s habits will mostly stop on their own. Since sucking stems from anxiety and insecurity, it’s better to correct the root of the anxiety. Positive reinforcement and praise is the best and most effective solution. Any further concerns about your child can be discussed with Dr. Bookmyer.

Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock is here to answer any and all of your questions and concerns about your child’s health. Please contact us at 512-733-5311!