Thank you for choosing Dr. Quarles’ office for your child’s dental care. Doctor and staff are highly-qualified and experienced in the treatment of pediatric patients.
Unless your child is having pain or some type of emergency situation, at the first visit we will thoroughly examine the child both clinically and radiographically. We will usually clean the child’s teeth at this visit and administer topical fluoride which helps ‘harden’ the teeth and prevent cavities (dental decay or ‘caries’) at this visit and counsel the parent/guardian on home care procedures and diet. Good home care and nutrition are essential to a healthy mouth. If there is an excessive buildup of dental plaque and/or calculus (“tartar”), we may schedule the child for a cleaning at a subsequent appointment.
Our Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist will introduce herself to the child in the Reception Room and take the child to the Treatment Room. Parents are initially asked to remain in the Reception Room while the initial examination, needed radiographs (X-rays), and cleaning/fluoride are performed. The reasons for this are: Children are usually more cooperative and follow instructions better when parents are not present and a distraction; space limitations and infection control procedures dictate that only staff are present during certain procedures. At the appropriate time, you will be invited to the Treatment Room for a discussion of Dr. Quarles’ findings and treatment recommendations. The Assistant or Hygienist will usually discuss these findings with the parent/guardian. We may need additional time for more complicated treatment plans and schedule a separate consultation appointment to discuss treatment. Children lose their first baby teeth in front around age 5-7 years. The ‘baby’ or primary molars are supposed to remain in the child’s mouth usually until age 9-11. It is important to care for these teeth to keep the child free from dental pain, to allow the child to chew properly, and to hold the space for developing permanent teeth under the gums which erupt around age 10-12 years.
We may recommend the use of Nitrous Oxide during your child’s restorative treatment.
This is a gas, along with oxygen, which the child breathes through a nasal mask; this does not put the child to sleep but safely relaxes the child and reduces anxiety for treatment. There is no drowsiness or lingering effects.
Children should first be seen by a dentist around age three unless there are obvious problems earlier. Most children are cooperative and accepting of dental treatment at this age, and we hope to instill a lifetime of good dental care. This precludes many problems later in life. However, some children such as those unable or unwilling to give a reasonable degree of cooperation, are best treated by a Pedodontist who can administer sedation or other techniques to manage treatment. Because of our limited Reception Room space, we do ask that children behave appropriately. We ask that children not run around the Reception Area or play on or in the furniture. This disturbs other patients and can interfere with the doctor’s and staff’s attention to other patients’ treatment.
We look forward to treating your child and hope to instill a lifetime of good dental care and habits for a long, healthy life.Back to Patient Info