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ProceduresWe want all children to have a positive dental experience – this way they will understand the importance of visiting the dentist and taking care of their teeth. Although we strive to be a preventative-based practice, we understand that there are times when extensive dental treatment may be needed. In these cases, sedation may be recommended due to the child’s dental needs, age, medical history or behavior. A major benefit to sedation is that in most cases children requiring several dental treatments can have all of their treatment completed in one visit. This relieves the possible anxiousness a child feels and creates a positive behavior pattern.

 

As pediatric dentists, Drs. Soper and Wong have additional training and are licensed and qualified to treat your child with two forms of sedation. Prior to the use of any type of sedative, they will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this treatment. Please do not hesitate to ask us about the various forms of sedation and how it may apply to your situation.

 

 

Dental Restorations


Composites

Composite fillings have superior characteristics to traditional silver fillings. In addition, they match the color of the tooth. When decay is discovered early, we are able to use a filling.

 

Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are used as the restoration of choice when decay is too large to be fixed with a filling or when cavities are on several surfaces of the teeth. Our dentists will discuss with you the advantages and limitations of each treatment to identify which would be best for your child.

 

Extractions

While tooth extractions are done only as a last resort, they can be necessary in some instances of disease or trauma. In addition, some extractions are needed for orthodontic reasons, to help guide the eruption and alignment of your child’s permanent teeth. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer may be inserted to make sure there is enough space into which the permanent tooth can grow.

 

Fillings

Dr. Soper offers composite fillings that match the color of the tooth. When decay is discovered early, we are able to use very conservative fillings. Some teeth, however, are too badly decayed to hold a composite filling. These teeth require complete coverage with stainless steel crowns. Dr. Soper is happy to discuss with you the advantages and limitations of each treatment to identify which would be best for your child.

 

Sealants

In permanent teeth most cavities occur on the biting surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). Statistically, 1 in 10 permanent molars will end up with decay in the deep groove.

 

Sealants, white plastic coatings that fill the grooves on the surfaces of back teeth, are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. While they cannot guarantee a tooth will not get decay, sealants substantially reduce the risk of decay, providing an additional 10-15% reduction in dental decay for most patients.

 

Sealants are easy to place and require no numbing medication or alteration of the tooth structure. Sealants typically last for 3-5 years, but some dietary habits, such as chewing ice or hard candy, can cause them to wear down more quickly.

 

 

Behavior Management

 

General Anesthesia

Dental treatment can be provided while your child is given a general anesthetic administered by an anesthesiologist. Outpatient general anesthesia is appropriate for children who are extremely apprehensive or have extensive dental needs. Treatment is performed in a hospital operating room while your child is completely asleep. An anesthetic gas is given to your child through a breathing tube to keep them asleep during the procedure. All of your child’s dental treatment needs can be completed in one visit. Before recommending outpatient general anesthesia, Drs. Soper and Wong will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this approach.

 

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide (commonly called “laughing gas”) to help them relax for dental treatment. This blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide, is given through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose. The gas is mild, easily taken, and quickly eliminated from the body. Nitrous oxide gives most children a relaxed, comfortable feeling. While inhaling nitrous oxide, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes. This technique is a very safe, effective way to treat a mildly anxious child.

 

Outpatient General Anesthesia
Dental treatment can be provided while your child is given a general anesthetic by a physician (anesthesiologist). Outpatient general anesthesia is appropriate for children who are extremely apprehensive or have extensive dental needs. Treatment is performed in a hospital operating room while your child is completely asleep. An anesthetic gas is given to your child through a breathing tube that will keep them asleep during the procedure. Before recommending outpatient general anesthesia, Drs. Soper or Wong will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this approach.

 

In-Office Sedation

If IV sedation/general anesthesia is recommended for your child’s dental treatment, it will be performed by licensed pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Viola Devany. She will administer and monitor the sedation medication during the dental treatment. IV sedation/general anesthesia will enable your child to be asleep during the dental treatment.

 

Read More about In-Office Dental Sedation

 

 

Burlington Location

 

5495 North Bend Road, Suite 102

Burlington, KY 41005

(859) 534-5640

 

 

Crestview Hills Location

 

220 Thomas More Pkwy.
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

(859) 341-3012

 

 

Office Hours

 

Monday - Thursday

8:00 am - 5:00pm

 

 Please call to schedule

your child's appointment

 

Contact Us

 

Burlington

Phone: (859) 534-5640

Fax: (859) 534-5922

 

Crestview Hills

Phone: (859) 341-3012

Fax: (859) 818-0505

 

Email

ericsoper@gmail.com

 

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