As a board-certified and licensed specialist in pediatric dentistry, it is our obligation to provide not only the highest quality of dental care for your child but to create an environment that will optimize the dental experience. Upon entering the office, you are greeted by a bright and cheery reception complete with tranquil and soothing aquariums. From the outset of your visit, your child is entertained but relaxed. During the initial visit, extra time is provided to allow your child time to acclimate to his new surroundings and our staff. From the creation of a physical facility designed specifically for children to the sequencing of patient care, the dental visit is carefully orchestrated to enhance the dental experience for your child and minimize many of the common fears and anxieties associated with dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
We at the “Greatest Smiles on Earth” recognize that children are individuals who manifest different attitudes, anxieties, comfort levels, and abilities; and each requires a unique sensitivity and management of the dental visit. It is our responsibility as professionals to develop treatment modalities that not only achieve the highest quality of care but also adjust for these individual differences.
Nitrous oxide-oxygen inhalation sedation is often utilized to enhance patient relaxation for many dental procedures. It provides a safe and effective technique for children to relieve mild anxiety and manage discomfort. It is easily administered, the effects are almost immediate, and the patient remains awake or conscious throughout the procedure. Unlike many oral medications, there are no known allergies, few contraindications, and the effects are short-lived. Patients frequently report only a tingling sensation in the feet or hands or a “feeling of floating” during treatment. Nitrous oxide is always administered in combination with oxygen and is often considered the safest of all sedation techniques available.
When circumstances require, we provide nitrous oxide-oxygen nhalation sedation for your child. There are no additional charges or fees associated with this service as we believe your child’s comfort is a necessary expectation of care.
Unfortunately, even with the benefits of nitrous oxide-oxygen inhalation sedation, some children are unable to cooperate for certain dental procedures and require additional sedation. These individuals may exhibit severe anxiety, uncooperative behavior, special needs, or a very young age or level of immaturity; and hence, an inability to comprehend or tolerate many dental procedures.
With the advent of the board-certified and licensed specialist, dentist anesthesiologist, we are able to provide care for these children in the office setting. A licensed dentist anesthesiologist will provide the necessary sedation and monitoring for the treatment required. Your child is fully asleep for all procedures, local anesthetic “numbing” is seldom necessary, and in most cases, all treatment can be completed in one appointment.Your child is safely monitored throughout all procedures, but without the additional costs and inconveniences associated with outpatient hospital care.
Kala is the cheery voice and pleasant smile that greets you at our office. She is the “concierge” of our practice, manages the daily activities of our office, and can assist you with all your insurance and accounting needs. She bubbles with energy and enthusiasm, and always brightens our day.
Kala is the proud mother of 2 wonderful little boys. She loves all sports, playing board games, taking vacations to Florida, eating tacos, and being a “mommy!”
The Greatest Smiles on Earth is Worthington, Ohio’s #1 Choice For Pediatric & Orthodontic Dental Care
We recommend a first comprehensive dental visit including a professional cleaning at 2 to 3 years of age. This gives us the opportunity to establish good dental habits at an early age, and correct any existing problems before they become serious and result in permanent damage.
As a parent, you can play an important role in preparing your child for this visit. It is important to demonstrate positive attitudes and encouraging language when describing the dental visit. Avoid using technical terminology unfamiliar to your child to describe dental procedures. Children’s books and videos can assist you in communication by describing the dental visit utilizing age-appropriate language and visualizations. Be positive! Describe the first visit as an adventure, much like a visit to the zoo.