FabSmiles Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentist Fabiola Sosa-Banda and her team at FabSmiles Pediatric Dentistry are dedicated to caring for kids in a gentle, kind, and fun environment. With specialized pediatric dental training, we are a dental office designed just for kids — serving infants, children, and teens, as well as children with special dental health needs.
We focus on preventative care to help your child grow a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Utilizing proven, state-of-the-art technology to enhance your child’s dental experience, our goal is to ensure that every child achieves a healthy and beautiful smile.
We are excited to meet you and care for your child’s dental needs.
Studies have shown that children with good oral health tend to eat better, learn better, do better in school, and develop higher confidence.
During your child’s preventative visit, we use special tools to get those pearly whites glowing bright! Your child will be evaluated to make sure both his/her gums and teeth are healthy, and ensure no oral disease is present. Growth and development will be evaluated and any potential concerns discussed.
Sealants help as a protective coat for the teeth grooves avoiding bacteria from causing cavities. Think of the top (chewing) surface of a tooth as mountains with many grooves. When your child eats, food gets caught in those grooves. Although daily brushing is essential, applying a dental sealant will enhance the ability to keep those hard to reach areas clean. A dental sealant flows into the grooves “sealing” the tooth and reducing the probability of cavities. We use BPA-Free sealants and remember they can only be placed on a “cavity free” tooth.
Radiographs (or X-Rays) are an essential part of our diagnostic protocol. Without them, dental conditions may go undetected. Dental X-Rays detect much more than dental cavities. They allow the dentist to evaluate growth and development, bone health, pathology and evaluate trauma. At FabSmiles we are using the latest dental X-ray technology with very minimal exposure.
It is our goal to make your child’s dental appointment as easy and enjoyable as possible! At FabSmiles Pediatric Dentistry we promote healthy smiles in a friendly and compassionate environment. Our doctor and professional staff will discuss treatment options that will allow your child a stress-free dental experience.
In preparation for your appointment, try to refrain from using words such as “needle” “hurt” “pull” and “drill”. Dr. Fabiola and her staff are well versed and will explain everything to your child in a kid-friendly way. You can count on our team to calm your anxious child and answer all questions from your “Curious George”.
Should your child have a cavity, we can use a resin tooth-colored filling to restore function and comfort to your child’s tooth in small and medium size cavities. These fillings restore teeth to an attractive healthy state!
Your child may need to have a tooth extracted. Most often extractions are indicated due to the presence of infection or for orthodontic purposes. Dr. Fab will review your child’s needs and discuss treatment options with you.
Pulp Therapy is often needed when the cavity approaches the nerve of the tooth. This procedure stops the progress of the cavity and minimizes the chances of an infection or abscess. The procedure is completed by cleaning out the center of the tooth where the nerve lives and placing soothing medicine. The tooth is then protected by placing a crown, as mentioned above.
The baby teeth serve as space holders for the permanent teeth. With the loss of a baby tooth, neighboring teeth start migrating into that vacant space potentially causing space problems as your child grows. This may lead to the need for extensive orthodontic treatment at a later age. To minimize this potential situation, a space maintainer is placed in that area to hold the space open, so that the adult tooth can erupt in a more appropriate position.
Laughing gas is the common term for Nitrous Oxide. This is a safe and mild method used during dental procedures. Your child will be awake and responsive throughout the procedure, in a more relaxed state.
Because this type of dentistry is short-lived with a gentle effect, it is often used for children. Nitrous oxide puts patients at ease so they can remain relaxed during dental procedures allowing the anxious child a more pleasant dental experience! We customize each case individually and will discuss sedation only if necessary.
Please consult with Dr. Sosa-Banda for this service
Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is a safe, effective, and non-invasive method to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and discomfort/pain associated with dental treatment. Various medications can be used to sedate a child. Drugs will be selected based on your child’s age, overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.
Once the medications have been administered orally, it may take up to an hour before your child shows signs of sedation and is ready for dental treatment. In addition to the oral medication, nitrous oxide gas will be used in conjunction to help achieve an ideal level of sedation. Most children become relaxed and/or drowsy. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Some children may not experience relaxation but an opposite reaction such as agitation or crying. This response to the medication may prevent us from completing the dental procedures.
OCS is only effective about 90% of the time with proper case selection. It is much more effective than using nitrous oxide alone. Parents are allowed in the room.