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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Care
Tags: hospital dentistry  

Hospital dentistry may offer a good solution if your child needs extensive dental treatment, has difficulty sitting still, or has special needs. Here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, your pediatric dentists, Drs. Mario Martinez and Rebecca Lenard can help you decide if hospital dentistry is right for your child.

How Does Hospital Dentistry Work?

Dental treatments are performed in the hospital while your child is sedated with general anesthesia or another type of anesthesia.

When Is Hospital Dentistry Recommended?

You and your child's dentist will decide if hospital dentistry is the best option during your visit to the South Miami dental office. Hospital dentistry may be a good option if:

  • Your Child Needs Multiple Dental Procedures: Young children may find it difficult to handle several appointments that involve lengthy dental procedures. Thanks to hospital dentistry, all of the treatments your child needs can be done at the same time.
  • Your Son or Daughter is Uncooperative: If lack of cooperation is an issue, your child's dentist may suggest hospital dentistry.
  • Gagging is a Problem: Traditional dental treatment may be impossible if your son or daughter has a highly sensitive gag reflex.
  • Your Child is Extremely Fearful: Dental treatments can be very stressful if your child has a dental phobia. When your child is sedated during treatments, he or she won't remember anything about the procedure.
  • Your Son or Daughter Needs a Root Canal or Another Complicated Procedure: Many children can only stand so much time in the dental chair. If a complicated procedure takes longer than your child can tolerate, hospital dentistry may be the best choice.
  • Allergies Prevent the Use of Local Anesthetic: If your child has had a reaction to local anesthetic in the past, their dentist may recommend a trip to the hospital for dental treatment.
  • Your Son or Daughter Has Special Needs: Your child may benefit from hospital dentistry if he or she has certain diseases or conditions. These may include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mobility impairments and other health or behavioral issues.

Hospital dentistry can help your child receive the dental care that they need. Call your pediatric dentists in South Miami, FL, Drs. Martinez and Lenard of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, at (305) 666-2068 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

These everyday habits could improve your child's oral health.

The key to maintaining healthy smiles in your children is to teach them good oral hygiene practices while they are young. After all, these habits will carry with them throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our South Miami, FL, board-certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, know that it will be easier to get your child to brush and floss if you make it more interactive and fun.

Here are some tips to keep your child’s smile healthy:

Make sure they are drinking water

Many kids simply don't drink enough water! If you want to support healthy teeth and gums, you’ll want to keep your child hydrated. A rule of thumb is to make sure your child is drinking as many 8-ounce glasses of water a day as their age. For example, if your child is five years old, they should be drinking five, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Active children may also require more water. Drinking water is chock full of fluoride, which can also keep teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming.

Brush twice a day

Make sure that you are brushing your child’s teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time. In the beginning, you’re going to have to brush their teeth for them until they are able to do this themselves; however, you can also use this time to educate them on proper brushing techniques, so that when it comes time for them to brush their own teeth, they already well equipped for the task. If you have questions about how to brush your child’s teeth or the right tools for the job, don’t hesitate to ask your South Miami, FL, Pediatric dentist.

Snack in moderation

It is important that your child is receiving all the vital nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Of course, snacking too much throughout the day can increase plaque buildup, which can also increase your child’s risk for cavities. Therefore, limit snacking to 2-3 times a day, and avoid sugar-laden, processed snacks like gummy bears and potato chips. Instead, opt for smile-friendly choices such as apples, hummus, yogurt, and raw veggies.

Visit the dentist

While our South Miami, FL, practice is temporarily closed due to coronavirus, our pediatricians can still provide emergency care for children dealing with serious and urgent matters. Just call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068. Keep practicing these oral hygiene habits together as a family to keep dental problems at bay.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
March 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Anxiety  

Does your child fear visiting the dentist? Find out how sedation dentistry could make it so much easier.

Does your child have a bit of difficulty during their dental visits? Here at the Miami office of dentists Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, we offer sedation dentistry to children who are nervous about these appointments.

Read on to learn how sedation dentistry can make it easy for children of all ages to feel more at ease and receive more efficient care.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is one way that our South Miami family dentists are able to help children of all ages feel more comfortable when receiving dental care. Sedation dentistry won’t put your child to sleep, but it will help them feel more relaxed during their visit. In some cases, children may even fall asleep during their procedure. The most common types of sedation dentistry include:

  • Oral medication: This anti-anxiety pill is given to your child about 30 minutes to one hour before their procedure. This medication will help them feel more relaxed and calm throughout the procedure; however, the medication’s effects can last several hours.
  • Nitrous oxide: Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an easy way to help kids feel more calm and collected. Nitrous oxide will be administered to your child throughout their procedure. Once the procedure is over, the mask is removed and the effects of this type of sedation will wear off quickly.

For surgery and more intensive procedures we also offer intravenous (IV) sedation.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

As you might imagine, making a trip to the dentist an easy one for your child offers tons of benefits for you, your little one and even your dentist. Some of these benefits include:

  • A relaxed, easier, and stress-free dental procedure for your child.
  • Your child is able to receive the dental care and treatment they need for a healthy smile.
  • Providing a physically more comfortable setting for children with special needs and physical limitations (sedation dentistry can also reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and other issues associated with lying in a dental chair).
  • Experiencing a faster and more efficient dental procedure since your dentist may be able to accomplish more while your child is relaxed. This could result in fewer trips to the dentist’s office and less work needed.

Interested? Give us a call

Interested in learning more about pediatric sedation dentistry and how our South Miami general dentist could make your child’s next dental procedure or cleaning a breeze? If so, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
January 27, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: hospital dentistry  

Hospital dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry for patients who need to receive dental care in a hospital type setting. Hospital dentistry is particularly beneficial for providing essential dental care to children with severe anxiety or certain conditions. In South Miami, hospital dentistry is available for children through South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. There, pediatric dental care is provided by Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard.

How Hospital Dentistry Helps

Hospital dentistry is an effective way to provide critical dental care to patients who are generally unable to tolerate dental procedures. When dental work is performed in a hospital setting, general anesthesia can be administered so anxious patients can sleep through the procedure.

In addition to helping patients with extreme anxiety, hospital dentistry is also beneficial to patients requiring extensive dental work but who cannot tolerate undergoing everything at once. Rather than scheduling multiple appointments, patients are able to endure completing all needed dental work at once when they can sleep through it.

Hospital Dentistry for Children

Children who experience extreme anxiety or discomfort during dental or medical appointments can benefit from hospital dentistry. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, our dentists can assess your child’s ability to tolerate dental treatment using the Frankl Behavioral Rating Scale. The scale was developed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to determine a child’s potential level of cooperation while undergoing dental treatment.

Children who are resistant to dental work, severely fearful or anxious, or demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate during treatment could benefit form hospital dentistry. Additionally, children with certain conditions can benefit from the more relaxed setting hospital dentistry provides. Hospital dentistry can benefit children with any of the following conditions:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Special needs
  • Severe anxiety
  • Certain medical disorders
  • Behavioral disorders

Hospital dentistry is an effective method for helping children receive essential dental care they could not normally tolerate in a traditional dental setting. To learn more about how hospital dentistry could benefit your child, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, at (305) 666-2068 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: IV Sedation  

Does your child have dental anxiety? Instead of giving up on having healthy teeth and visiting the dentist, maybe it’s time to consider sedation-dentistrysedation dentistry to help them ease their fears. Here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, your pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, offer IV sedation as a way to accommodate excessively nervous patients—read on to learn more!


What is IV Sedation?

IV or intravenous sedation is a procedure that allows your child's dentist to provide anti-anxiety medication, like those used in oral sedation, directly into your child's bloodstream. Your child will remain awake the entire time and will be able to respond to the dentist’s questions. However, your child may not remember much of anything once the medication wears off.

How Does IV Sedation Work?

The procedure involves inserting an ultra-thin needle into a vein, usually on the top of the patient's hand. The sedative is administered through this tube so it goes directly to the patient's bloodstream. The IV stays in the patient's vein during the entire procedure, putting them into a state of deep relaxation that is more potent than oral sedation or laughing gas.


What Medication is Used?

IV sedation uses benzodiazepines to reduce fear and anxiety during the dental procedure. The most common medications used are Midazolam and Diazepam. As anti-anxiety medicines, they’re designed to relax patients and make them sleepy.

How Safe is This Treatment

IV sedation is extraordinarily safe when administered by qualified dental practitioners, such as the pediatric dentists here at our South Miami office.


Interested? Give Us a Call

Sedation dentistry reduces dental anxiety so that your child can receive the care they need without fear. Don't wait! Call Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at 305-666-2068 today to schedule your child's next checkup with our pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard.

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