One of the easiest ways to find the right pediatric dentist is to look for a dental practice that truly focuses on making kids feel welcome. At Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S., located on the Lower East Side of New York City, the Kidz Smile Center is an area of the practice that’s dedicated specifically to the comfort of young patients. The expert pediatric dentists are ready to help your kids with all their dental care needs in a comfortable setting. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book your child’s appointment now.
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your child’s first visit to the dentist when they get their first tooth, or when they turn one, whichever occurs first.
After that, your pediatric dentist at Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S. will recommend the oral health care schedule best for your child. Usually, they’ll recommend checkups and dental cleanings (they’re usually done in the same visit) twice a year. If your child has severe oral health issues, they may need more frequent checkups.
A few simple tips can help your child deal with dental visits in a stress-free way. First, remember that attitude matters, and your child's attitude copies yours. Talk about the appointment as a positive thing, maintaining a light and happy attitude, and your child is likely to follow suit.
Give your child a small meal shortly before their appointment (unless otherwise instructed, of course) to make sure that a grumbling stomach doesn't make your child cranky. Schedule dentist appointments at the time of day when your child's feeling the best. Usually, this means that morning or post-nap visits are ideal for young children.
Promising a small reward can help, too. Allow your child to choose a new toothbrush after each visit to the dentist, and maybe even a kid-friendly toothpaste with special flavors like bubblegum or tutti-frutti.
If your child needs a procedure requiring sedation, the pediatric dentist at Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S. customizes sedation for your child’s needs.
Most children respond very well to nitrous oxide, which is a gas that your child breathes in during the procedure. Nitrous oxide helps your child relax, but doesn’t put them to sleep. Many children become giggly or silly, and it’s also called laughing gas because of this. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, and children recover very quickly after the procedure.
Oral sedation can be another option, especially for very anxious children. With oral sedation, your child takes a pill shortly before the procedure. The anti-anxiety medication allows them to relax, and maybe even doze lightly, during the procedure.
No matter what kind of pediatric dental care your child needs, the Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S. team always make sure that their comfort is the number-one priority. Use online booking or call to schedule with the pediatric dentist today.