Culver city children’s dentistry: pulpotomy or baby root canal with a crown. What is that and when is it done?

Children need pulpotomies when cavities on their teeth extend to the pulp chamber (the center or the tooth which houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels). A pulpotomy removes the pulp tissue in the crown part of the tooth. Next, medicine is placed to kill possible remaining bacteria and keep the remaining…

Los Angeles Children’s Dentistry: How does oral sedation work on children? What medication is used?

Oral sedation (aka conscious oral sedation) is when medicine is delivered to the child by the mouth in a liquid form to help relax the child prior to dental treatment. Orally sedated children will be sleepy, but will respond to commands and have their reflexes intact so that they will be able…

Kid’s dentist: My children are afraid to go to the dentist. How can I make their dental visits easier?

Children are often afraid of many things growing up including medical and dental visits, getting haircuts, and some are afraid of strangers in general. In the dental office, the sounds, the smells, and the tastes can add to their fears. The most important thing you can do as a parent is to…

How do you treat baby bottle decay?

Baby bottle decay should be found and treated early to avoid early tooth loss, pain, and infection for your child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend children be seen by 1 year of age. If you see spots or holes in your child’s teeth, visit a…

Can laughing gas (nitrous oxide) lower my dental anxiety? Is it safe?

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is used by dentists because it helps reduce pain and anxiety. Nitrous oxide is favored in dentistry, because it is mild enough that the patient remains conscious and able to communicate. The gas is given through a comfortable nose mask. The patient breathes in through…

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