Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Whether through playing rough or simple accidents, pediatric dental emergencies happen. When they do, Champagne Pediatric Dentistry is ready to treat your child’s dental needs quickly, effectively, and professionally. Our goal is to render the immediate aid they need while keeping our little patients calm and comfortable, and explaining any treatments or procedures that may be necessary in terms both you and them will understand.Schedule an Appointment
We’ll take care of everything they need to start the healing process and get back to being a kid! We can treat emergencies like:
After a traumatic injury or sudden impact, teeth can break below the gum line leaving a fractured tooth with the soft, inner root exposed. When this happens, a pediatric dentist will attempt to reattach the broken piece if it can be recovered. Otherwise they will treat any pain or bleeding before discussing potential reconstructive options.
Inconvenient at best and debilitating at it’s worst, tooth pain can be a symptom of a greater underlying problem. Tooth pain often happens when a tooth has decayed or is damaged, and while it can be managed with ice and over the counter pain medication, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a full exam.
Something Else Wrong
If you’re concerned about something else that is causing your child pain or discomfort in the mouth, or otherwise impacts their ability to eat or speak normally, give a us a call and let our trained pediatric dental professionals
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How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen when we least expect them, but more commonly happen during play time. Parents should be mindful of risks to their childrens’ teeth when they are playing around hard objects like playground equipment or with sports gear. Some basic safety steps like wearing mouth guards where appropriate, reminding children to run with their heads up to avoid obstacles, or stopping play when it gets too rough are all concrete steps you can take to ensure your child won’t need pediatric dental emergency services.
How to Treat Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is most broadly defined as a traumatic event or advanced decay of the mouth that requires immediate treatment to stop bleeding, prevent infection, or restore bite functionality. Cracked or chipped teeth, teeth that have been fully “avulsed” or “knocked out,” broken jaws or facial bones, or cuts to the mouth or tongue all constitute dental emergencies and should be treated by a qualified pediatric emergency dentist as soon as possible.
However, there are steps that you can take at home to treat a common dental emergency to increase your child’s comfort and help your dentists perform their job more effectively. However, if an emergency presents an immediate threat to your child’s life, call 911 immediately and wait for emergency response services.
For a cracked or avulsed tooth, time is of the essence. If you are able to recover the missing part of the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of either milk or salt water (saliva will also work) and contact your pediatric dentist immediately. They may be able to reseat or reattach the tooth or piece of tooth if they are uncompromised. Ice can be applied gently to the area around the broken tooth to treat pain and swelling, or otherwise a mild, doctor-approved pain medication can also be given.
A broken jaw is a more complicated injury and your pediatric dentist will also advise you on the best course of action. The jaw and head should be stabilized as much as possible on your way to the dentist’s office, and your child should avoid eating, drinking, or talking until the jaw can be examined and set by a professional pediatric dentist.
A cut or laceration in the mouth can bleed profusely, but it is very rare that the amount of blood lost would be life threatening. If you are able to apply a clean cloth or medical dressing to the cut without impeding your child’s airway, hold the cloth or have them hold it with some pressure to stem the bleeding. Have them lean forward to let as much blood out of the mouth as possible—swallowing blood is not dangerous but too much can lead to nausea or vomiting.
Call us as soon as your child experiences a dental emergency and our patient care coordinator will provide you with care instructions before scheduling an appointment with your child’s dentist as soon as possible.
Pain Free Experience—We Offer Different Forms of Dental Anesthesia
In certain cases, general anesthesia can make young patients more comfortable, and a dentist’s job safer and more effective. We offer different types of sedation services depending on our patient’s need and their parent’s preference, and provide in-office general anesthesia through a partnership with a trained anesthesiologist.
Local anesthesia is a numbing agent that is applied directly to the tooth and surrounding gum, and is generally used for fillings and other simple procedures.
Known to many as “laughing gas” nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that numbs any pain and relieves anxiety while the patient remains awake through a procedure. It acts fast and wears off with no side effects.
Usually administered in the form of a pill an hour or so before the procedure, oral sedation alleviates pain and anxiety without making a patient unconscious.
General IV Anesthesia
IV anesthesia is usually reserved for longer procedures or exceptionally anxious patients. The anesthesia is applied through an IV, where it works quickly and steadily while the patient remains unaware of their surroundings.
What Our Patients Say
We always greet our valued patients with a smile when they come into our clinic. Our state of the art facility is made with your best experiences in mind, and we love to look after our clients like they’re family. Read our reviews and see for yourself why our patients love us!
“I have taken my kids here twice now and we’ve had such a great experience. Everyone is very friendly, knowledgeable and they have great stuff for the kids. Today in particular my son had an emergency situation with his teeth and they were able to get him in super quick. They also gave both of my kiddos balloons even when they only saw one of them. Very impressed with this dentistry, I highly recommend taking your children here!”
“I have never had better customer service from anyone in my life. We had a dental emergency, my son was not even a patient with this office, and Dr. Champagne personally called me to take care of my son. Their office got us in immediately, was willing to stay late to take care of him, and made sure I was okay as his mom. I cannot recommend them enough.”
“Called here for my 5 year old to have emergency treatment and the staff and Dr where awesome, they took him in same day I called even though I’ve never been to this dentist but now I’m staying with this office and it’s in Sparks close to my house. But just the fact that the dentist was very nice to explain everything and took his time with my son now that a plus.”
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