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6501 N Cedar Rd. Bldg 2 Suite A
Spokane, WA 99208
Phone: 509-315-3200
Fax: 509-919-3831

Phone: 509-315-3200


Services


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Treatment Options

At Colville Pediatric Dentistry, we offer various dental approaches and techniques tailored to the needs of each individual child.

Our Services Include:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral sedation
  • General anesthesia

For our general anesthesia patients, Dr. Bradley has physician privileges at Sacred Heart Hospital, Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital. We also offer anesthesia appointments at our own practice.

About Nitrous Oxide:

  • Lowest level of sedation
  • Child will be able to go back to school after appointments
  • Makes them feel comfortable and relaxed
  • Raises pain threshold
  • Fast acting, fast dissipation

About Oeal Sedation:

  • Mid-level sedation
  • No food or drink prior to appointment
  • Appointments are scheduled early in the day
  • Child needs to be supervised, requiring a full-day commitment from the parent
  • Child is fully awake, but will feel drowsy and be tired following sedation

About General Anesthesia:

General Anesthesia is recommended based on the extent of dental needs, age of patient and comfort in the dental chair.

Parents and caregivers will receive comprehensive guidelines and patient care instructions prior to any general anesthesia procedure.

Trauma

At Colville Pediatric Dentistry, we know as well as any parent that kids will be kids. Whether it's an innocent playtime incident or a rough soccer match, accidents happen and teeth can get chipped or knocked out completely.

If your child does experience an oral trauma, here are some basic guidelines to follow:

Knocked Out A Baby Tooth?

Save the tooth, if possible, but don’t put it back in child's mouth. Call our office immediately.

Broken Or Chipped Tooth?

Save the chip, if possible, and call our office immediately.

Knocked Out An Adult Tooth?

Put the tooth in milk or rinse it with water and put it back in the socket. Call our office immediately.


Special Needs

At Colville Pediatric Dentistry we understand that each child is unique. We offer various dental approaches and techniques, customized for each individual child. As a pediatric specialist, Dr. Bradley has received additional training to work specifically with children, including kids with special needs.

Our team gladly works with parents and caregivers to establish each child's plan for treatment. For children who may need a little extra time acclimating to the dental environment, we offer a fun "practice visit" where they can tour the office, meet Dr. Bradley and his team and sit in the dental chair - all without the pressure of receiving treatment. In addition to preventative care, we offer a variety of treatment options for children needing restorative dental work.

Infant with tooth brush

Prenatal Oral Health

  • Dental visits during pregnancy are safe and important
  • Your oral health can impact your baby both during pregnancy and after birth
  • Treating any active decay while pregnant will transmit less bacteria to your baby
  • Moms with untreated tooth decay and gum infections can pass cavity-causing bacteria to their babies through kissing and sharing utensils

Infant Oral Health

  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday
  • Your baby's primary teeth typically begin to appear around six months old
  • As soon as teeth appear, establish an oral care routine by brushing their teeth with a soft toothbrush with a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice

Thumb, Finger and Pacifier Habits

Sucking on a thumb, finger or pacifier is normal and natural for infants and young toddlers. We recommend parents begin discouraging the habit by age 2. Before 2 years old, it is not a concern. Children should ideally break the habit between 2 and 3 years of age. After 3 years of age, we strongly advise parents to discourage the habit.

Persistent thumb and pacifier habits can lead to long term problems, including crooked teeth, bite problems affecting both baby teeth and developing permanent teeth and the growth of the jaws and bones.

While many children stop on their own (usually between 2 and 4 years of age), breaking the pacifier and thumb sucking habit can be challenging. Here are several tips for helping your child to stop.

Tips On Breaking A Thumb Habit:

  • Give positive reinforcement and praise when they are not sucking their thumb
  • Use a sock or cloth on the thumb
  • Coat the thumb with something distasteful, such as hot sauce, mustard or Mavala (a harmless, yet bitter nail polish-like liquid)

Tips On Eliminating The Pacifier:

  • Give positive reinforcement and praise
  • At their checkup, encourage a commitment to stop using a pacifier with a promise of an "extra" prize at their next visit
  • Do a balloon send off, with pacifiers attached to balloons
  • Give their pacifiers to the "Pacifier Fairy"

Is your child struggling with a thumb, finger or pacifier habit? Let Dr. Bradley know at your child's next dental checkup and we can offer some tips and tricks to both you and your little one!

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