Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity free.
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Dr. Colwick has two years specialty training following dental school and is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Crowns are a very popular variety of restoration that take the form of a tooth-shaped cap and are designed and colored to match your existing teeth as closely as possible. Fillings are the simplest and most commonly used variety of dental restoration. They are created tooth-colored composite resin and can be put into your tooth in just one visit to your dentist’s office.
When your child needs urgent dental treatment, Dr. Colwick stands ready to help. If your dental emergency falls after hours please call our office and follow the prompts given. If a member of our staff has not returned your call within 10 minutes go to the nearest emergency room.