Archive for July 2011

The Most Anxious Children Enjoy Dental Visits With Us!

So many children who come to my office have unfortunately had some very upsetting and often traumatizing experiences at other dental practices. Sometimes it’s due to the fact that the child was brought to a general practitioner, rather than a pediatric dentist. Sometimes it’s because offices haven’t had the specialized training in the proper way to approach and treat a frightened child. We have many young patients who have come to us after unsuccessfully visiting 3-4 other offices and being told that they require sedation in order to receive dental care. My staff and I specialize in helping children receive dental treatment in an environment that will ease their fears and change how they view going to the dentist.

I have had extensive training in treating anxious children. I am Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I am also certified to practice both conscious and operating room sedation treatment. My office takes the time to ease nervous children into their dental treatment. Many children who have been told they require sedation come to my office and do quite well, sometimes without sedation at all! It’s all in the approach you take with anxious young patients and being able to connect with them at their level in order to make them feel safe and cared for.

Dr. Jim with an anxious patient

Dr. Jim has t.v.’s on the ceiling!

I have many clinical staff members who have been with my practice for 20-30 years and together we make a great team that kids love to visit! With today’s technologies and my expertise in treating anxious patients, there is no need for a child’s visit to the dentist to be a traumatizing and dreaded experience. We have televisions on the ceiling above my dental chairs, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help them relax, and I quite often even sing to my patients while performing their dental work! Come visit me and my staff to see why your child could actually look forward to going to the dentist! Read actual testimonials of parents whose children now love coming to the dentist by clicking here We would love the opportunity to help your child end their fear of the dentist.

Babies Should Really Be Visiting The Dentist

One of the things I hope to change during my career as a pediatric dentist, is to educate parents to bring their children to the dentist as infants, rather than waiting years to begin regular dental visits. Many dental offices tell parents that they don’t have to see a dentist until their child reaches age 3. First time parents haven’t been down this road yet, so they assume that is the best thing to do. Unfortunately, by age 3 or older, many years of habits like going to bed with bottles of milk, drinking fruit juice containing sugar, prolonged use of pacifiers and many other habits, have taken a toll on a very vulnerable new mouth. Too many children experience early childhood decay. It is sad to see a child who is 3,4,5 years of age or older, whose mouth is ravaged by decay, and now requires many restorative procedures in order to relieve their pain and return their mouth to a healthy state. This can be avoided by parents learning how to care for their child’s teeth-while they are still a baby! Visit our website at to learn about what sugar in even natural fruit juices can do to children’s teeth!

My office offers Infant Care Visits, for children under the age of two. We recommend visiting the dentist 6 months after the first baby tooth erupts. At our Infant Care visit, we educate new parents on the best practices to keep their baby’s mouth as healthy as possible. We discuss bottle feeding, pacifier use, diet, hygiene and many other topics that are important to young parents. I perform an examination on the infant to assess

Babies should see the dentist 6 months after getting their first tooth!

development and identify any problems that may be developing-so we can help Mom and Dad avoid dental issues in the future. We stress the importance of regular dental visits, and the fact that even though baby teeth are going to fall out eventually-they are going to be needed for many years. Baby teeth that have cavities that are left untreated lead to an unhappy child who is in pain and can’t concentrate on schoolwork and activities. Those baby teeth must be restored so they can be retained until adult teeth can replace them. An Infant Care visit is an invaluable tool for each and every new parent who wants their child to start on the road to a healthy mouth for a lifetime!

Call 603-434-1586 today to schedule your baby’s Infant Care appointment today!