Sparks Location

735 Sparks Blvd
Sparks, NV 89434

Monday-Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: 775.359.3934
fax: 775.870.1632

Friday
8:00am - 2:00pm

Reno Location

6360 Mae Anne Ave
Reno, Nevada, 89523

Monday-Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: 775.359.3934
fax: 775.870.1632

Friday
8:00am - 2:00pm

About Us

Established by Dr. Larry Champagne in 1976, Champagne Family Dentistry has been serving families in the Northern Nevada community for the past 40 years. Today, Champagne Pediatric Dentistry is compassionately lead by Dr. Cariann Champagne and Dr. Matthew Gustafsson.

We believe that between homework, soccer games and music recitals, the last thing our patients need to worry about is bothersome oral hygiene. Our specialized staff welcomes patients at an early age, emphasizing preventative care to get your family back out playing and learning together.

What to Expect

Services

Preventative Oral Hygiene Instruction

All patients receive guided instruction on proper oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing, flossing and fluoride uses. We strive to provide a fun, engaging environment where even our smallest patients can get excited about preventative care at home.

Exams

In order to provide the best preventative care possible, we recommend establishing a relationship with your pediatric dentist as early as your child’s first birthday and coming in routinely every 6 months. By coming in early and often, dental care costs and stress are more conservative.

Radiographs

Champagne Pediatric Dentistry recommends having oral X-rays taken based on a child's individual needs. X-rays help dentists spot problem areas long before they become serious, monitor developing teeth, determine the extent of damage from trauma, and help with the planning of orthodontic treatment.

Restorative Dentistry

Despite preventative care efforts, sometimes fillings or crowns are a necessary measure to keep smiles healthy. Restorative dentistry can be intimidating and we are here to answer any questions or discuss options before a recommended procedure. We aim to use aesthetically pleasing white restorations whenever possible as our team understands that a healthy smile builds strong self-esteem, setting the tone of positive self-image for life.

Emergency Treatment

We strive to respond quickly, compassionately and with the utmost care in any dental emergency. These situations are often stressful for both the parents and patient. As parents, both Dr. Cariann and Dr. Matthew understand this feeling and aim to provide the necessary help to get your little one back in action with a healthy smile as quickly as possible.

Sedation

Our team goes the extra mile to ensure a peaceful experience that is comfortable and non-threatening. For many little ones, going to the dentist can cause extreme feelings of uneasiness. In order to combat this, we offer an array of proven anxiety avoiding solutions—ranging from Nitrous Oxide to general anesthesia. General anesthesia allows patients to be completely comfortable and anxiety free during dental treatment, while the doctor is able to administer care in a more efficient manner.
We provide in-office general anesthesia through a partnership with a local dental anesthesiologist whenever possible. However under circumstances where more medical attention is required, we are able to provide general anesthesia and dental health services at multiple local medical facilities.
Parents, if going to the dentist also makes you uneasy, consider remaining in the waiting room to avoid unintentionally transferring those feelings of anxiety to your child in the patient care room.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is less common with pediatric patients, however tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removal or dental implant placement services are available to all of our patients.

Emergency

Toothache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen (Tylenol or Advil) is recommended. Call us or come in as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, call us immediately.

Broken or Fractured Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and save them in cold milk. Come see us or give us a call immediately.

Knocked Out Baby or Permanent Tooth

Knocked out baby teeth are not put back into the socket due to the potential damage to permanent teeth.
If your child knocks out a tooth and you are unsure whether the tooth is permanent or not, hold the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth) and very gently remove any debris on the root with water and immediately place the tooth back into the socket. Have your child hold it in place using gauze, or bite gently on the gauze, to keep it in place until you can get to our office. If you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket, carry the tooth in a glass of milk. Because the amount of time that the tooth is out of the socket is essential in saving the tooth, call us immediately.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top of the tooth) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup of milk. Because the amount of time that the tooth is out of the socket is essential in saving the tooth, call us immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief and go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief and potentially aid in more rapid healing. Cold or canker sores can appear for a variety of reasons, but a common cause is emotional or physical stress. Try to reduce anxiety or physical stressors on the area and apply over-the-counter medication at the first sign of a cold or canker sore for best results. Give us a call if sores persist.

Emergencies Outside Normal Business Hours

If your child has a dental emergency outside of normal business hours, call our direct line at 775-359-3934 and the recording will direct you to an on-call dentist.

First Visit

A child's first visit to our office is intended to be a positive, anxiety-free experience. We aim to remove any fears of the dentist, allowing your child to have a lifelong healthy relationship with oral hygiene.

A survey we conducted revealed that 99% of all our patients under the age of 13 are not afraid of the dentist. We are proud to offer an inviting space where fears stemmed from society or past experiences can be wiped away.

We operate under an open door policy where parents are welcome in all designated patient care areas. There may be times where we ask to have some one-on-one time with your child to foster the relationship and focus the child's attention.

We look forward to meeting your family!

Helpful Tips

  • Be positive and easy-going. Your child will look to you for cues as to what to expect or if there is anything to fear.
  • Avoid the phrase "it won't hurt" as this phrase implies that there is a social fear that going to the dentist always hurts. Also avoid the words shot, drill or needle, as those can be fear-triggering words.
  • Never use visiting the dentist as a form of punishment.
  • Speak to your child about the dentist as a positive, fun experience. Talk about the visit and let your child know that the dentist will be looking at his or her teeth to see if they are healthy and straight. We'll take it from there!

How You Can Help

  • Be a role model for how you want your child to behave at the dentist. Appear calm and relaxed.
  • Read a magazine! It helps portray a lack of worry and may help hide any anxieties you may be feeling internally.
  • Be a silent, soothing partner. Give our team of professionals the opportunity to build a relationship with your child.
  • Talk to us ahead of time if you have a fear of the dentist. Children often times develop a fear of the dentist from parents, largely unintentionally. Our doctors would love to chat and provide tips before your appointment to help give your child the best relationship with oral hygiene as possible.

FAQ

If baby teeth fall out, why are they even important?

Cavities in baby teeth, or primary teeth, tend to progress more quickly than in adult teeth. If left untreated, the resulting infection can damage the developing permanent tooth. A healthy baby tooth also reserves space for the permanent tooth to grow into and aids in the proper development of jaw and facial bones. Outside of technical reasons, children who experience oral pain are far less likely to focus in school and graduate from high school, will have less clear speech and will struggle to chew food, resulting in an unhealthy relationship with eating.

What age should I bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. There are a few reasons why bringing your child in early is so important. During the first 12-months of life, pediatric dentists can carefully examine the development of a child's mouth and get ahead of any potential problem areas. Most dental problems are preventable, so the earlier a child starts with oral hygiene, the better. Establishing a relationship with a pediatric dentist also helps speed along treatment in the event of an emergency. As infants learn to walk and explore the environment, it is common to have injuries to the teeth and mouth area.

How can I protect my child’s teeth in contact sports?

Sports such as football, soccer, basketball, hockey, lacrosse and others are all commonplace for oral trauma injuries. We recommend having a soft mouth guard fitted for your child at Champagne Pediatric Dentistry to protect the teeth, lips, cheeks and gums. The proper equipment can help keep you child in the game longer and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.

What do I do if my child has an emergency after hours?

If your child has a dental emergency outside of normal business hours, call our direct line at 775-359-3934 and the recording will direct you to an on-call dentist.

My child just knocked out a baby or permanent tooth — help!

Knocked out baby teeth are not put back into the socket due to the potential damage to permanent teeth.

If your child knocks out a tooth and you are unsure whether the tooth is permanent or not, or it is permanent, hold the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth) and very gently remove any debris on the root with water and immediately place the tooth back into the socket. Have your child hold it in place using gauze, or bite gently on the gauze, to keep it in place until you can get to our office. If you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket, carry the tooth in a glass of milk. Because the amount of time that the tooth is out of the socket is essential in saving the tooth, call us immediately.

Should I have my child sedated at the dentist?

Our office most frequently uses Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is most effective for the mildly anxious child. It is very effective for distraction during dental procedures, and it allows the child to have a more enjoyable experience. Nitrous Oxide effects can be felt within 2-5 minutes and wear off within 5-10 minutes of treatment. Most children can carry out a typical day after this type of dental treatment.
We also provide general anesthesia for those children for which Nitrous Oxide alone is not enough. Typical candidates include young patients that are 3 years old and above who have multiple areas of concern and/or pain and who cannot physically or emotionally undergo dental treatment in the conventional dental office setting. The Champagne Pediatric Dentistry professionals will provide additional information should this type of anesthesia be recommended.

Meet Our Team

Drs. Champagne and Gustafsson strive to not only provide the most comprehensive care possible, but also create a child-friendly environment and make each appointment special. They both have extensive training in all facets of pediatric dentistry including growth and development orthodontics, sedation, trauma, preventative care and restorative care.

Meet Cariann

Dr. Cariann Champagne

Dr. Cariann is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and completed her Pediatric Dental Residency program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Cariann graduated with honors from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Nevada Dental Association, the Northern Nevada Dental Association, the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Dr. Cariann has also served as a board member for the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation and is currently a passionate volunteer.

Dr. Cariann loves to travel with her husband and two daughters, especially to see her family in the Bay Area. Patients know Dr. Cariann for her love of sunshine and contagious smile.

Favorite Toothpaste Flavor:
Mild Mint

Favorite Animal:
Black Lab

Favorite Ice Cream:
Mint Chocolate Chip

Least Favorite Vegetable:
Kale

Meet Matthew

Dr. Matthew Gustafsson

Dr. Matthew is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and completed his Pediatric Dental Residency program at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he also earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He received his Bachelor's degree in neurobiology from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Matthew is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Matthew loves spending time in Northern Nevada mountain biking, hiking, skiing and practicing photography. Patients know Dr. Matthew for his welcoming spirit and natural ease when working with children.

Favorite Toothpaste Flavor:
Mint

Favorite Animal:
Horse

Favorite Ice Cream:
Coffee

Least Favorite Vegetable:
Swiss Chard

Drs. Champagne and Gustafsson strive to not only provide the most comprehensive care possible, but also create a child-friendly environment and make each appointment special. They both have extensive training in all facets of pediatric dentistry including growth and development orthodontics, sedation, trauma, preventative care and restorative care.

Meet Cariann

Dr. Cariann Champagne

Meet Matthew

Dr. Matthew Gustafsson

Dr. Matthew is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and completed his Pediatric Dental Residency program at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he also earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He received his Bachelor's degree in neurobiology from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Matthew is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Matthew loves spending time in Northern Nevada mountain biking, hiking, skiing and practicing photography. Patients know Dr. Matthew for his welcoming spirit and natural ease when working with children.

Favorite Toothpaste Flavor: Mint

Favorite Animal: Horse

Favorite Ice Cream: Coffee

Least Favorite Vegetable: Swiss Chard

Dr. Cariann is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and completed her Pediatric Dental Residency program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Cariann graduated with honors from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Nevada Dental Association, the Northern Nevada Dental Association, the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Dr. Cariann has also served as a board member for the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation and is currently a passionate volunteer.

Dr. Cariann loves to travel with her husband and two daughters, especially to see her family in the Bay Area. Patients know Dr. Cariann for her love of sunshine and contagious smile.

Favorite Toothpaste Flavor: Mild Mint

Favorite Animal: Black Lab

Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Least Favorite Vegetable: Kale

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Sparks Location

735 Sparks Blvd
Sparks, NV 89434

Monday-Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: 775.359.3934
fax: 775.870.1632

Friday
8:00am - 2:00pm

Reno Location

6360 Mae Anne Ave
Reno, Nevada, 89523

Monday-Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: 775.359.3934
fax: 775.870.1632

Friday
8:00am - 2:00pm

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