First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should see a pediatric dentist no later than his/her first birthday.
We will review your child's medical and dental history, and gently examine your child's teeth, oral tissues, and jaws. We will also evaluate teeth and gums, growth and development.
Dr. Vasquez will provide a diagnosis, caries risk assessment, oral hygiene instructions, diet and detrimental habit counseling and oral trauma prevention and care. We will talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures, and ideas. Your child will be motivated to take responsibility for healthy smile.
Along with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child's dental health. For example, X-rays maybe needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities. Or, they may be required for orthodontic treatment. We will discuss the need for X-rays with you before any are taken.
Routine Dental Check-up
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
Our doctors will assess your child’s need for the use of topical fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride is beneficial for the teeth, however to much or too little fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth.
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 with white colored tooth filling material, they are an excellent preventive measure against decay.
Our doctors use state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and materials to provide the best care for your child. We use white-colored tooth filling materials and depending on the remaining tooth structure we offer different options for full coverage restorations (crowns).
Behavior Management Techniques
We use a simple approach with easy and fun language to make your child’s visit a pleasant experience. Our doctors and staff use different techniques for distraction, praising and rewarding.
If your child has extensive dental care needs and/or is fearful or anxious about dental treatment we offer different levels of sedation:
Nitrous Oxide: “Laughing gas” is an inhalation agent used as a temporary form of relaxation. It reduces anxiety and decreases gag reflex
Oral Conscious Sedation: Use of a single medication or a combination of drugs to help overcome anxiety during dental work. It is used for patients that are cooperative but have extensive dental needs or for patients that are mildly to moderately uncooperative. Nitrous oxide is used in addition to the oral medication.
IM or IV Sedation: Medications provided by an anesthesiologist in the intramuscular - IM form or intravenous-IV form to have complete control over dental anxiety or uncooperative behavior. These are used for patients with extensive dental needs, very young children, patients with mental or physical special needs, patients with moderate to severe dental phobia or when oral conscious sedation has previously been ineffective.
Hospital Dentistry/GA: Dental treatment provided in a hospital setting (Phoenix Children’s Hospital) under general anesthesia. This is used for very young patients with extensive dental needs, patients mentally challenged or medically compromised.
During an orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Dickerson will asses your individual child’s orthodontic needs. Our orthodontic team not only straightens teeth but also is interested in the bite, facial profile, and oral growth. Treatment of TMJ dysfunction, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial anomaly, and surgical orthodontic patients is an active part of our practice. We use the Damon Braces System and offer Invisalign too!BACK TO TOP