Fontana Pediatric Dentist
HOPE FAMILY DENTISTRY 4 KIDS & Braces
Here at Hope Family Dentistry 4 Kids & Braces we have two incredible Fontana Children's Dentists on staff, Dr. Alana Saltzberg, DDS and Dr. Lidia Mendoza, DDS. With their welcoming and fun personalities they make dental visits for the kids a breeze. Our office offers a range of services such as kids dental cleanings, fluoride, fillings, extractions, dental crowns, nitrous oxide, pulpotomies, special appliances and more! We invite you to give us a call to learn more and be sure to schedule your child is seen when their first tooth erupts.
NEED HELP FINDING THE OFFICE?
Hope Family Dentistry 4 Kids & Braces is located around the corner from Hope Family Dentistry. This office specializes in pediatric dentistry only and is an extension of our Fontana office. Hope Family Dentistry 4 Kids & Braces is here for your convenience!
Address: 17165 Arrow Blvd. Fontana, CA 92335
Telephone: (909) 328-4422
Why See a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are trained to understand the dental needs of children specifically. By choosing a pediatric dentist for your child you are ensuring that they are in the best care possible for their age and current oral health needs. Our pediatric dentists have went through rigorous training and education to identify areas of concerns in infants all the way through teenage years.
When Should I Bring My Child to The Dentist?
By time the first tooth erupts you want to bring your child in to see our pediatric dentists. The initial visit is intended to get your little one use to coming in having their mouth examined. This is also a time for parents to get to know our team, discuss growth and development and go over cavity prevention tips. If you have any concerns this is a great time to lay anything out you want to cover.
Preparing Your Child For Their First Visit
If your child is old enough, it is best to talk with them about their first visit. Not meant to make it a “big deal” but enough to where they understand a bit of what will be going on. It’s best to not use words such as “drills” or “shots” and stick to positive language. Even building a little excitement is great! If you struggle with dental anxiety yourself, try not to show this to your children. This can instill fear in them and create stress around their dental visits for many years to come.
Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas
If you are looking for a trusted pediatric dentist who can administer nitrous oxide or laughing gas for children in Fontana you’ve come to the right place. While many visits and children may not need any type of anesthesia, there are times when it is very beneficial to the child and even parent. Laughing gas is used safely and effectively every day by patients of all ages.
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas” or “happy gas”. It is a colorless gas that can have a faint, sweet smell. The reason for “laughing” or “happy” gas is because it creates a sense of euphoria that can be accompanied with giggles. Nitrous oxide can be used for patients of all ages. Many toddlers receive nitrous oxide for any of the following reasons:
- Reduce anxiety on their visit
- Reduce physical discomfort
- Keep the child sitting still
- Reduce gag reflex
- Reduce pain during treatment. If pain is of concern a local anesthetic will be used as well
Overall cooperation and treatment can be done quickly and efficiently
The onset of nitrous oxide is felt almost immediately. Our pediatric dentist will administer the anesthesia. Your child will wear a nasal mask and should be relaxed within a minute or two. The other great thing about nitrous oxide is that the effects can also be reversed almost instantly. This means you and your child can go back to your day.
Children's FLUORIDE & DENTAL SEALANTS
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Professional fluoride treatments are often recommended every six months for children and teens during their dental cleanings. A disposable tray filled with fluoride gel or foam is placed into the child’s mouth. They bite down on the tray and our hygienist will suction out any saliva so that the fluoride isn’t swallowed. After approximately one minute the trays are removed. Patients are to not eat or drink for 30 minutes after their treatment.
Dental Sealants are another way to effectively protect children's teeth from decay during their cavity prone years. A thin protective resin is applied to their back teeth, molars and premolars. The sealant travels into the crevices of these chewing surfaces sealing off where plaque and food typically get caught.
Both fluoride and dental sealants are excellent for preventing cavities, keeping oral health in check and saving in costly dental repairs down the line.