Dr. Damien Garcia and Dr. Lisa Gortari love welcoming children to Oasis Family Dental! From the time of your child’s first visit, we are here to help your child develop good oral habits and maintain a healthy mouth and smile. Give us a call today at 956-661-1000 to set up your child’s appointment with our friendly dentists, and to learn more about children’s dentistry in McAllen, Texas!
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Children should see the dentist prior to their first birthday for an exam to determine that their teeth are erupting properly. The dentist will also provide nutritional guidance, and check the intraoral cavity. At Oasis Family Dental, we strive to provide a comfortable environment for the entire family, including children of all ages and maturity levels. Our goal is to teach children at a young age that their dental visit should be a positive experience. We want to focus on prevention and good oral hygiene habits for our pediatric patients to prevent tooth decay.
Our doctors are experienced working with children. At Oasis Family Dental, we try to avoid “traumatizing” young patients, which creates a negative attitude and fear of future dental visits. We take our time in working with children to ensure a positive experience. We also have options for sedation including nitrous oxide or laughing gas; and sedation and general anesthesia. Our dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Gortari, provides anesthesia services for children who are too young to cooperate or who need extensive treatment requirements that they are unable to tolerate.
A young person’s growing teeth have deep pits and fissures that almost always collect food and bacteria. Because the pits are so deep, often a toothbrush or even a dental pick cannot reach the trapped food, and a cavity develops. Sealants can fill those deep pits and keep the tooth surface cavity-free. They are placed without drilling, without a shot, and in a single visit. They are an easy, cost-effective way for children to be cavity free! Sealants also can be used in our adult patients to help prevent dental decay.
If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, please call our office today. We are excited to help you care for your child’s smile!