New Patient Visit
The first visit to a new office can be exciting and scary, especially if you are a child. We believe that your child’s first visit to our Dental office should be fun and educational for you both, so please do not hesitate to ask any questions. The purpose of our new patient visit is trust. Both you and your child need time to gain trust in our team. Our team is trained so that your child can have a good experience. Your child’s cooperation will play an important role in how much Dr. Gutierrez can accomplish with your child on this visit. Your time with Dr. Gutierrez is designed so that both you and he can discover your child’s current state of dental health. This visit will include an examination of your child’s teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, soft tissue, and jaw areas. A plan will be created so that you and your child can achieve an oral environment free of dental disease. When your child arrives at our office with you, we want to do everything we can to give your child a positive experience to build on. Pediatric dentistry has undergone tremendous changes in the past several years. These changes have most definitely been for the better. Still many parents may have some apprehensions for the child or misconceptions based on past experiences. It is important that we address your concerns at the first visit, so that we may put both you and your child at ease.
Dental x-rays are an important part of a thorough oral exam. X-rays give us information that we are unable to get from anywhere else. Information such as cavities between the teeth, worn out or nonfunctional fillings and crowns, bone loss around teeth, abscesses, extra or missing teeth, and pathology within the jawbone are all impossible to see with the naked eye. Technology allows us to minimize the amount of radiation your child is exposed to. A lead apron is always used to minimize exposure to other parts of the body, and digital films are used so less radiation is necessary for the x-ray. Advances in technology have made machines that use less radiation than your child would get from playing outside in the sun. Dr. Gutierrez will determine at the new patient visit, which x-rays will be necessary for your child. Again, cooperation will play an important factor on which x-rays can be taken.
Commonly known as "laughing gas" or "funny gas", nitrous oxide allows your child to relax enough so that simple dental procedures can be performed. Your child will breath this odorless gas through a special mask that is placed over the nose. These masks have "smells" added to them such as bubble gum, cherry, and orange. Nitrous oxide allows your child to be distracted and to relax so that they will not focus on the procedure. Your child will still be alert enough to talk and answer questions throughout the procedure. After the procedure is finished, your child can expect to breath oxygen through the mask for 2-5 minutes. The effects of the nitrous oxide will have worn off, and they can proceed with normal activities.
Some children need a little more relaxing if their dental procedures are to be performed in an office environment. Sedation appointments will be opted for due to age of the child, cooperation, amount of work to be done, and type of work that is to be done. Sedation appointments can work wonders on a mildly nervous child and allow them to relax enough so the necessary work can be performed. Sedation appointments are morning appointments because YOUR CHILD CANNOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING PAST MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE THEIR APPOINTMENT. The medications your child will be receiving to help them relax can make the stomach queasy. If food is present in your child's stomach, queasiness may be increased due to the acid that is present in the stomach after eating. This raises the risk of vomiting. Keep in mind however, that some children have sensitive stomachs and can still get queasy even without eating, but the stomach will be empty. Dr. Gutierrez will not sedate your child if he/she has a cough or a severe runny nose. The medications used are respiratory depressants ( slows the breathing down). If your child has had any respiratory illnesses before the appointment, please notify the front office or Dr. Gutierrez. When your child arrives for their appointment, they have not had anything to eat or drink, and are completely healthy, they will be given their "juice" (the medication) to drink. It takes approximately 45-60 minutes for the medication to start to take effect. During this time we invite you and your child to relax and play in our reception area. After the medication takes effect, your child and you will be brought back to the treatment area and be made as comfortable as possible. Your child will listen to music through our headphones or watch a movie through our video glasses based on their age and size. A mask will be introduced and placed on their nose for the administration of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Your child's vitals signs will be monitored throughout the procedure and your child will be alert and talkative. After the procedure, your child may have parts of their mouth numb and they may feel drowsy. We ask that you monitor your child for the remainder of the day.
We strive hard to research materials to provide esthetic dentistry to our patients. We use cutting edge materials to provide our patients with options to fill their esthetic needs. We provide tooth colored (white) fillings as well as tooth colored (white) primary crowns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When should I take my child to you for the first check-up?
A. I normally like to see children at 6 months of age. If you are concerned about something please call us. This first visit is more to educate you about your role in preventing decay. It also gives the child an opportunity to get acquainted with our office and me. We will make the first visit to the dentist an enjoyable and positive visit .
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