We are fortunate enough to have an excellent Pediatric Dentist on staff here at Prince Frederick Dental Center. Patients aged 0-12 are referred directly to him and his team. He spent many years learning specialized techniques to treat and care for children’s dental needs.
A little about our wonderful pediatric dentist- Dr. Kenny Zamora was born in Southern Texas and grew up outside Boise, Idaho. He started college as an architecture major but fell in love with the sciences while attending Boise State College and shifted his focus to the pursuit of dentistry, knowing almost immediately that pediatric dentistry what was he was meant to do. He earned his DMD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Kenny did his residency at the University of Southern California, where he specialized in pediatric treatment, trained extensively in administration of oral sedation and treatment of children under general anesthesia and worked with individuals with special healthcare needs. Dr. Kenny is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and holds professional membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Our office is able to provide our patients with two types of anesthesia:
Nitrous oxide is the lightest form of sedation and is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” Nitrous is inhaled through a small face mask at the start of the appointment to help your child relax in the chair. They will quickly start to feel very calm and content as their fears and concerns disappear. They may feel slightly euphoric and might even get the giggles! They will remain more or less “awake” throughout the appointment, but the details will be fuzzy, and it will be over before they can say “aah.” The effects will wear off quickly after breathing oxygen for a few minutes at the end of the visit and you can both leave with a smile.
Oral sedation is a more moderate level of sedation and is administered by taking an oral sedative about an hour before the appointment. Dr. Kenny Zamora can prescribe just the right sedative for your child’s needs. Once in the chair, they will drift into a waking dreamlike state where they will remain generally conscious and able to respond to the doctor, but the details of the appointment will be fuzzy, and they will be all done before they know it. It takes longer for the effects of oral sedation to wear off, so you should be prepared to drive your child home safely and stay with them until the effects wear off completely. We ask that patients do not return to school or activities for the remainder of the day.
Here are some FAQs about pediatric dentistry:
What age should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
It is recommended that you take your children for their first dental appointment when they are around six months old. If you notice that your children have discolored teeth, you will want to bring them in before this.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. There are ones designed specially for infants that are perfect to use at bedtime.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, you will want to rinse the irritated area with warm water and place a cold compress on your child’s face it if is swollen. You can give your child acetaminophen for the pain. Once you do this, make sure that you see your dentist as soon as possible.
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Try to avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Also, make sure that you learn and teach your children the proper way to floss and brush at a young age. Taking your children to the dentist regularly to have their teeth checked will help them learn lifelong habits.