QUESTIONS

First Visit   | General Questions   |  Surgery

We ask that all parents/guardians remain in the clinic while your child is being seen.

First Visit

I need to talk to someone regarding my child's surgery?


Please call any of our offices between the hours of 7:30a-4:30p and ask to speak with a surgery coordinator. (605) 341-3068




Will someone call me soon regarding my child's surgery?


A surgery scheduler will NOT place your child on the schedule until they have all the paperwork they are required to have by law. If your child was not scheduled the day of their appointment, please make sure that we are not waiting on paper work to schedule the surgery. When paperwork is completed, you may expect a call from a scheduler within 2 weeks. If you have not received a call please feel free to call any of our offices and ask for a surgery scheduler. (605) 341-3068




Why is my child not able to get into surgery sooner?


Every child is placed on the schedule in the order in which their completed paperwork is received. Many things factor into the location in which your child get's placed including: health history, severity of case, age, weight, insurance, doctor preference and where the patient resides. If your child is scheduled at a surgery location that only allows a few patients a month, the wait will be substantially longer than a location that we frequent more regularly. It is always best to let the scheduler know if you would like the next available appointment and that you are available to be placed on our sooner list.




When and why does my child need to have a physical?


Prior to any patient going under general anesthesia they will be asked to present a Health and Physical form at the time of surgery. This form will need to be dated no earlier than 29 days prior to surgery. Everyone wants to make sure your child is healthy and has no other medical issues that would cause any complications during their procedure.




Why can't my child eat or drink anything before surgery?


Food or liquid in the stomach is very dangerous when a person is put under general anesthesia. When the patient receives general anesthesia, he/she could vomit the food/liquid still in the stomach and this could enter the lungs. This is called aspiration which is a life threatening condition.




What does General Anesthesia mean?


To keep your child safe and comfortable during a dental procedure, your child’s dentist might decide to use general anesthesia in a surgical setting. General anesthesia makes your child’s whole body go to sleep. It is needed for certain dental procedures and treatments so that his or her reflexes will be completely relaxed. Your child will feel no pain during the procedure, nor have any memory of it.




Should my child brush his/her teeth in the morning before surgery?


No, for their safety we don’t want any risk of your child swallowing water.




Will someone let me know what time to be at surgery?


Yes they will call to confirm the time, location and answer any questions you may have the day before your scheduled appointment. If no one has called you or you have any questions please call (605) 341-3068 and ask for a surgery coordinator.




What do we do the night before surgery?


Make sure your child has a great dinner the night before. It is really important that your child not eat or drink anything after midnight or in the morning of surgery. Remove any nail polish from your child. It is recommended that they bathe the night before surgery.




How do we dress for surgery?


Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, short sleeves are preferred. We suggest pajamas or sweats, no one piece pajamas. Feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket and an extra set of clothes, in case of an accident.




What to expect when you arrive at the surgery center:


You will be greeted by a staff member and the admission process will be completed. You will meet with the nurse, and then your child will be escorted to the area the surgery will be performed. Because your child will be put to sleep using anesthesia a parent or guardian must remain inside the surgery center for the duration of the appointment. Be prepared to be at the surgery center up to half a day.




After surgery?


When the surgery is complete your child will be moved to the recovery area. Once your child is awake, the nurse will invite you back to sit with your child. A nurse will monitor your child's recovery. When your child meets the discharge criteria, the nurse will complete the check- out process and give you instructions and information of what to expect that evening. We recommend having Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen on hand to help with discomfort throughout the evening.




Follow-Up appointment


A follow-up appointment may be scheduled for your child before you leave surgery. This appointment will scheduled with the clinic you have your regular visits.





 

General Questions

Can my teenager use whitening products for his/her teeth?


Everybody loves a bright, white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help improve the look of your teenager’s smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if your teenager decides they would like to go beyond this to make their smile look brighter, we recommend that you speak with your dentist first to help them choose a product that will minimize sensitivity and maximize the brightness. There are many products on the market today, we want to help your teenager make sure they are using a product that protects their smile while brightening it.




Is grinding harmful to my child's teeth?


Teeth grinding (bruxism) can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding include: dull headaches, jaw soreness, teeth that are painful or loose, and/or fractured teeth. If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding, ask your dentist about the potential causes and, when necessary, possible solutions.




What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting activities?


If your child plays contact sports, make sure to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth from getting chipped, broken, or knocked out. A mouth guard absorbs the force of contact- either from an elbow to the face, or even biting your teeth together. You may use the ones available at the local store, or ask your dentist about a custom made one from the dental office.




How often should I get a new toothbrush?


You should change to a new toothbrush as soon as the bristles are frayed or bent. Your dentist will most likely supply you with a toothbrush that is the proper size and softness to protect their gums. If you need to replace a toothbrush between dental visits, please make sure that it is the correct age-specific toothbrush. Always allow toothbrushes to dry between brushings. Change to a new toothbrush after any illness or a strep throat infection.




My gums bleed when I brush and floss them?


We recommend brushing softly and flossing more. Hormonal changes are sometime responsible for red and swollen gums. Interproximal decay (in between the teeth) may also be a cause of inflamed or sore gums, so flossing is especially important .




What if my child gets a tooth knocked out?


Remain calm, then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather then root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the tooth to your dentist.




When will my child get his/her wisdom teeth?


Wisdom teeth actually begin forming before the age of 10, and if they erupt it is between the age of 17 years to 21 years. Not everyone will get wisdom teeth. An x-ray by the Dentist will reveal when and if they need to be removed.





 

Surgery

I need to talk to someone regarding my child's surgery?


Please call any of our offices between the hours of 7:30a-4:30p and ask to speak with a surgery coordinator. (605) 341-3068




Will someone call me soon regarding my child's surgery?


A surgery scheduler will NOT place your child on the schedule until they have all the paperwork they are required to have by law. If your child was not scheduled the day of their appointment, please make sure that we are not waiting on paper work to schedule the surgery. When paperwork is completed, you may expect a call from a scheduler within 2 weeks. If you have not received a call please feel free to call any of our offices and ask for a surgery scheduler. (605) 341-3068




Why is my child not able to get into surgery sooner?


Every child is placed on the schedule in the order in which their completed paperwork is received. Many things factor into the location in which your child get's placed including: health history, severity of case, age, weight, insurance, doctor preference and where the patient resides. If your child is scheduled at a surgery location that only allows a few patients a month, the wait will be substantially longer than a location that we frequent more regularly. It is always best to let the scheduler know if you would like the next available appointment and that you are available to be placed on our sooner list.




When and why does my child need to have a physical?


Prior to any patient going under general anesthesia they will be asked to present a Health and Physical form at the time of surgery. This form will need to be dated no earlier than 29 days prior to surgery. Everyone wants to make sure your child is healthy and has no other medical issues that would cause any complications during their procedure.




Why can't my child eat or drink anything before surgery?


Food or liquid in the stomach is very dangerous when a person is put under general anesthesia. When the patient receives general anesthesia, he/she could vomit the food/liquid still in the stomach and this could enter the lungs. This is called aspiration which is a life threatening condition.




What does General Anesthesia mean?


To keep your child safe and comfortable during a dental procedure, your child’s dentist might decide to use general anesthesia in a surgical setting. General anesthesia makes your child’s whole body go to sleep. It is needed for certain dental procedures and treatments so that his or her reflexes will be completely relaxed. Your child will feel no pain during the procedure, nor have any memory of it.




Should my child brush his/her teeth in the morning before surgery?


No, for their safety we don’t want any risk of your child swallowing water.




Will someone let me know what time to be at surgery?


Yes they will call to confirm the time, location and answer any questions you may have the day before your scheduled appointment. If no one has called you or you have any questions please call (605) 341-3068 and ask for a surgery coordinator.




What do we do the night before surgery?


Make sure your child has a great dinner the night before. It is really important that your child not eat or drink anything after midnight or in the morning of surgery. Remove any nail polish from your child. It is recommended that they bathe the night before surgery.




How do we dress for surgery?


Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, short sleeves are preferred. We suggest pajamas or sweats, no one piece pajamas. Feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket and an extra set of clothes, in case of an accident.




What to expect when you arrive at the surgery center:


You will be greeted by a staff member and the admission process will be completed. You will meet with the nurse, and then your child will be escorted to the area the surgery will be performed. Because your child will be put to sleep using anesthesia a parent or guardian must remain inside the surgery center for the duration of the appointment. Be prepared to be at the surgery center up to half a day.




After surgery?


When the surgery is complete your child will be moved to the recovery area. Once your child is awake, the nurse will invite you back to sit with your child. A nurse will monitor your child's recovery. When your child meets the discharge criteria, the nurse will complete the check- out process and give you instructions and information of what to expect that evening. We recommend having Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen on hand to help with discomfort throughout the evening.




Follow-Up appointment


A follow-up appointment may be scheduled for your child before you leave surgery. This appointment will scheduled with the clinic you have your regular visits.