Early establishment of a dental home is the best key to prevention. Routine oral health care has been recommended as early as the 1st tooth and no later than the 1st birthday.
*Children under the age of 2 receive free cleanings, exams, and fluoride varnish application (for non-insured patients).*
As your child transitions from baby teeth to adult teeth, it's important to have guidance on what to expect and when to expect it. Wiggly teeth, growth and development, and prevention play an important part during this time.
Adolescents require continued follow-up care which includes prevention and proper oral hygiene techniques. Establishing these habits will carry on to adult-hood. Guidance regarding orthodontics and wisdom teeth are important during this time. After the 18th birthday, we are more than happy to help transition to a general dental office for continued oral health care.
Our primary service goal for every patient includes prevention. This can include regular cleanings and check ups, radiographs as needed, fluoride varnish application, sealants, and Silver Diamine Fluoride. These easy steps ensure optimal oral health care for your child.
Small cavities are monitored and guidance is offered to help prevent their growth. For cavities that need to be treated, we offer tooth-colored fillings or caps for larger decays (silver or white). These treatments provide stable restorations until proper tooth exfoliation occurs.
Each baby tooth plays an important role in maintaining space until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. We provide space maintainers during early loss of baby teeth to guide permanent tooth eruption.
We offer nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation, aka "happy air" as needed. This well-established, safe and effective technique is used to reduce anxiety, provide pain relief, and enhance care and communication. In some instances, children may not require anesthetic for certain dental procedures when nitrous oxide is used, helping make the dental visit fun & easy!
Sedation is an option for children who are anxious, fearful, and unable to cooperate and/or for those children whose treatment may require multiple visits that could cause undue stress and discomfort. We provide in-office Oral Conscious Sedation and IV sedation as needed. We are proud to work with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (P
Sedation is an option for children who are anxious, fearful, and unable to cooperate and/or for those children whose treatment may require multiple visits that could cause undue stress and discomfort. We provide in-office Oral Conscious Sedation and IV sedation as needed. We are proud to work with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates (PDAA) to provide the safest in-office sedation option for our patients. Read about PDAA here:
Dr. Kihm is specialized in diagnosing and treating tethered oral tissues such as lip ties and tongue ties. He also provides efficient revisions for infants all the way up to teens. With Dr. Kihm's experience, post-operative evaluations have proven to have an effective outcome for feeding, speech, and maternal comfort with minimal to no re-treatment required.
Pediatric dentists treat patients who present special challenges related to their age, behavior, medical status, developmental disabilities, or special needs. Our team has experience to help parents and children with oral prevention and treatment for patients with special health care needs.