We are all parents too, so we know how important it is to develop healthy habits at a young age. We encourage parents to bring their children in for the first time around their first birthday, so we can introduce them to the dental office as somewhere that is safe, helpful, and fun!
When you and your children visit our office you can enjoy:
– TV and movies during treatment
– Popcorn after the appointment is done
– After school and weekend appointments
– Appointments for your whole family all at the same time
– Gentle and compassionate care that motivates children to look forward to future visits
We know that our tiniest patients sometimes need the most attention, time, and care. That’s why our practice was designed to address every aspect of your child’s care in a kind and gentle manner.
Dr. Monika Srivastava, better known to her patients as “Dr. Monika”, knows what it takes for her patients to have successful dentist visits. Soon after becoming a general dentist, she discovered her passion for pediatric smiles and decided to specialize in treating children who have a wide range of medical and dental treatment needs.
Dr. Monika joined us at Clarence Street Dental in 2019 and we are so lucky to have her! Her technique and ease with treating children’s dental needs makes their experience calm and care-free. She is an expert in caring for children and because of that they respond better to treatment. Dr. Monika specializes in creating positive experiences that lead to good, lifelong dental habits and comfortable dental visits.
One of the most important thing to know about why you should choose a pediatric dentist is that they CHOSE to work with children! Dr. Monika loves working with children every day. This allows her to understand how to make children comfortable and how to explain dental procedures and oral care to them in a way that they can understand.
In her spare time, Dr. Monika enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children, traveling, yoga, reading, and eating her way through the fabulous food scenes wherever she goes.
Hygiene exams: An exam that is done to diagnose decay detected from x-rays
Fluoride treatments: This is a preventative treatment used to protect and remineralize enamel on teeth that are high risk for cavities
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF): A type of fluoride brushed onto baby teeth to halt tooth decay
Sealants: A protective covering placed on the chewing surface of the molars to prevent cavities in teeth that have deep grooves
Fillings (white or silver): A substance that is used to restore teeth due to decay
Pulpotomies: The removal of part or all of the nerve on a baby tooth. It is done to attempt to save a baby tooth that has been severely decayed or infected
Porcelain and Stainless Steel Crowns: A cap placed to protect the integrity of the tooth structure. It is used typically on teeth that have had a pulpotomy or have extensive loss of tooth structure due to decay and prevents the tooth from fracturing or breaking further
Extractions: The removal of a baby tooth that can no longer be restored
Space Maintainers: A device that is used to maintain and save the space in the arch where a tooth has been lost. It stays in place until the tooth below begins to erupt
Frenectomies: Laser removal of a small fold of tissue that either connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth or that attaches the lip to the gum above the two top front teeth or below the bottom two front teeth
Going to the dentist can sometimes be a nerve-racking experience for some of our patients, especially our tiny ones. Many children benefit from some form of sedation for their dental treatment, not only for nerves but for the successful completion of treatment as well. We offer many sedation options and can discuss them with you to make sure you choose the right one for your child.
– Nitrous Oxide (also known as Laughing Gas) is the most common form of sedation for children. This form of sedation helps your child relax and makes their visit easier and more comfortable for them. Your child will need to refrain from eating 2-3 hours prior to this appointment (clear fluids are okay).
– Oral Sedation is a slightly stronger form of sedation for your child. This is a “drink” that is given and is sometimes referred to as Conscious Sedation. This is given to your child in-office and helps them relax and gives them a slightly amnesic feeling. You will need to spend the rest of the day at home with them after their treatment as the effects of the sedation will last a few hours. Your child will need to refrain from eating and drinking 6 hours prior to this appointment.
– General Anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation in which your child can sleep through their dental visit. This sedation is offered when your child is very anxious or has considerable dental needs. This options almost always allows all their dental treatment to be completed in one visit. You will need to spend the rest of the day at home with them after their treatment as they are pretty drowsy the remainder of the day. Your child will need to refrain from eating and drinking 8 hours prior to this appointment.
The first step in moving forward with seeing our Pediatric Dentist is having a consultation. All patients must have a consultation prior to treatment. Our fee for this appointment is $100, due at time of booking.
At this appointment we will:
– Review your child’s medical history and medications
– Examine their x-rays, or take new ones if necessary
– Perform an oral exam to determine the appropriate treatment
– Discuss anesthesia options
– Submit estimates for treatment
– Answer any questions you may have
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Dr. Monika’s Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesdays (1 a month) 9:00 am to 1:00 pm