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Does Your Child Require Sedation Dentistry?

Many children, especially those who have had a traumatizing dental experience in the past, may have anxiety (fear) about visiting the dentist.  I specialize in helping anxious children feel more comfortable during dental treatment.  Sometimes I perform sedation treatment, which is a very successful treatment option for children who are nervous about dental procedures.

There are many factors which go into determining if a patient is a candidate for sedation.  Sedation may not be recommended for patients with heart or respiratory problems or other serious health conditions. Any time a patient  is sedated, they must be monitored carefully by a practitioner who is qualified and licensed to perform sedation, as I am.  We don’t rush into sedating patients and we never sedate a patient on their first or even second appointment.

We have a separate treatment planning appointment before the sedation appointment so that we may discuss the sedation process and treatment plan thoroughly with the parent.  It is always my goal to ensure that my patients and their parents are completely informed and agree with their proposed treatment plans.

Kids smile about dental appointments at my office!

Sedation dentistry is a very valuable treatment option for patients who have extreme dental anxiety.  Many patients who are referred to me for sedation don’t really require sedation-they simply require a dentist who is trained in treating anxious patients and making them feel at ease.  I assess each patient very carefully to determine what treatment approach will be in that patient’s best interests.  My team and I strive to make even very nervous children able to enjoy visiting their dentist!  Visit our website at http://www.haasdentalnh.com to learn more about the services we offer at Haas Dental Associates!

I Recently Treated Children In Israel!

Me and my new friends at The Trudi Birger Clinic

It’s that time of year again! I just returned from my trip to Jerusalem, Israel, where I volunteered for a week at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic. I am a member of Dental Volunteers For Israel, a foundation that brings dentists together from all over the world to treat underprivileged children who need dental care. Thousands of children have been treated through DVI, and now can live each day without the pain of dental problems interfering with their life and schoolwork. The number of children in Israel who are suffering from serious dental health problems is staggering. If dental disease is left untreated, it will only become more serious and make these children more likely to suffer from medical problems which are linked to dental disease.

This was my second annual trip in conjunction with DVI, and it is something I am committed to doing and look forward to every year. The satisfaction in seeing the expressions on the faces of these sweet children as I help them and give them simple toys is something that really warms my heart. I am so grateful for the opportunity to give something back. Just as I hate to see children here in my community suffer from dental pain, I feel the same compassion for these children. This is why I love being a pediatric dentist. There is nothing like knowing that you helped a child, relieved their pain and helped them live a healthier and happier life!

Eliminate Fruit Juice From Your Child’s Diet

Many parents think that it is a healthy practice to give their children fruit juice. When fruit juice is labeled “all natural” or “organic”, it seems like a safe, health-conscious choice for their infants or young children. The truth is, even though fruit juice is natural, it is actually one of the worst things you can give your child. All fruit juices contain natural sugar, which can do just as much damage as added sugar. Fruit juices also contain acid, which can seriously erode the protective enamel on a child’s teeth. When children drink juice frequently, the sugars and acids find every nook, cranny and crevice in their teeth and cause decay.

boy drinking chocolate milk

Choose plain milk rather than chocolate

Drinks such as chocolate milk, carbonated sodas and sports drinks can be equally as dangerous to a young person’s teeth, and should be avoided. Children who are put to bed with bottles or sippy cups of juice or milk are at extreme risk for “bottle rot” (massive decay caused by bottle use at bedtime). Pre-teens and teenagers in high school or college who are in the habit of sipping on carbonated sodas while studying are also at high risk for tooth decay. When teeth are constantly bathed in sugar and acids, the natural saliva loses the battle of being able to wash away those sugars and acids, as it is supposed to do.

I feel that fruit juice is the biggest cause of decay in young children. It is something in which I strive to educate my patients’ parents, so that their children can have the healthiest teeth possible. It’s such an easy solution, but unfortunately it’s like a deep, dark secret to most parents.

So what are parents supposed to do? Be sure to provide your children with a balanced diet that does include fruits and vegetables. Brush and floss their teeth 2-3 times daily, start seeing a pediatric dentist 6 months after the first tooth erupts and every 6 months after that. As far as drinks are concerned, give your children lots of plain water, plain, unflavored milk, and try to avoid sending them to bed with bottles or cups of anything other than water. Preventing decay can be easy, once you know all the facts. Contact us to get all the facts: http://www.haasdentalnh.com/contact-haas-dental-associates.