Happy first visit

We are over the moon that you've trusted us with your child. We want to make sure that it is a comfortable and enjoyable experience for your entire family.

What you need to know before your first visit:
  • Start early! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises starting at age 1.
    A dental visit when there's only one tooth ensures ZERO cavity.
  • Come to us with the first tooth and we'll set up a lifelong preventive dental care program for your child. Growing up, they won't be complaining about tooth decay and cavities.
  • When you introduce your child to a pediatric dentist early on, they are less anxious about dental visits.
  • We can detect early tooth decay and determine proper oral and facial development, so that if your child has specific needs, you are already prepared with that information.
  • We advise against using words like 'needle' and 'drill' that can negatively affect your child, especially before a visit.
  • We encourage talking about the treatment procedures positively to dispel any unease your child might have.
How to Make your Teeth Happy
Our Services:

We provide a wide range of services, from preventive measures to treatments, in a fun, educational environment. This motivates your child to develop healthy habits.

Our preventive services include:
  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Mainting ideal fluoride levels
  • Pit and fissure sealants

Some of our treatments are:
  • Composite white fillings
  • Crowns: white and stainless steel
  • Pulpal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Space maintenance
  • Laser dentistry

What we do differently:

At Happy Kids, we know and understand that every child is different. For this reason, our doctors have extra 2-3 years of training to work with children across ages with different behavioral needs. Some children are more anxious than others. Some are more easily distracted. We've adapted a few different techniques to help them cope. Some of them are:

Behavior management: We use techniques of "Tell Show Do", distraction methods, positive reinforcement, etc, to encourage your child to cooperate.

Laughing gas: Some procedures are often done under local anesthesia. For this, using laughing gas (nitric oxide) is very effective in reducing anxiety. Nitric oxide is administered through a small breathing mask while monitoring the child with a pulse oximeter. The AAPD recognizes this as a very safe technique to relax children.

General anesthesia: Very young and frightened children, especially those with multiple carious lesions, are treated with general anesthesia. This is done after the doctor consults with the parents. Since the entire treatment is done while the child is asleep, this procedure is very helpful in eliminating any fear the child may have. Future non-invasive check-up visits can also continue without worry.

Your child is safe in our hands. That's our promise!

How to make your teeth happy

At Happy Kids, we provide a wide variety of services ranging from preventive to those needing treatment.

Preventive services include proper brushing, flossing and eating habits, ideal fluoride levels and the use of pit and fissure sealants. We strive to provide a fun, educational environment whose children learn about the importance of good dental hygiene.

How to make your teeth happy:

First and foremost we believe that every child is different and needs different management techniques. HKD doctors have a specialty training for extra 2/3 yrs where they specifically learn to hone the skills of working with children of all ages and behavioral needs. We understand some children are more anxious than the others. We have different methods to cope with it. Some of the different techniques include but are not limited to:

  • Behavior management: We use techniques like Tell Show Do, distraction, positive reinforcement, etc to help the child cooperate.
  • Nitrous oxide: Some procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The safest way to relieve anxiety is nitrous oxide aka "laughing gas". We routinely use it in our office. This is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child's nose. We monitor the children during nitrous oxide with a pulse oximeter. The AAPD recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to help relax your child during treatment.
  • General anesthesia: Some children that are young, severely apprehensive of the dental setting or have multiple carious lesions are best treated under general anesthesia. This decision is taken by the dentist and parents together. All necessary diagnostics, cleaning, and treatments are performed while the child is asleep. This eliminates the fear factor and sets the child up for easy check-up visits that are non-invasive.
Children with special health care needs

No two children are alike and at Happy Kids we acknowledge and celebrate that. We know how important it is to find a dentist who can treat your child with grace and sensitivity. Our treatments are specialized to accommodate all levels of needs.

We believe that every child deserves a happy and confident smile. From general cleaning appointments to braces and surgery, our staff is highly skilled at catering to special health care needs.

Our compassionate team at Happy Kids Dentistry takes great pride in the care we give to our patients with special health care needs. Our staff is specifically trained in treating ALL children.

Why choose braces at HKD?

Orthodontic treatments are an important part of maintaining the oral health of your child. We focus on keeping their teeth aligned and cavity-free. We schedule orthodontics appointments together with cleaning appointments to ensure that you get the best kind of service with minimum visits. Your child will be comfortable with us, we promise!

Early vs late treatment

We're sure you've wondered when is the right time to start your child's dental treatment. Early treatment is performed before your child loses all their baby teeth, which happens between ages 6-12. We recommend early treatment after considering the following:

  • When the top teeth bite inside the bottom teeth (crossbite). This can affect the growth patterns of a child's jaw. Here, late treatment can lead to irreparable damage.
  • A child's subconscious perception about themselves that affects the way they deal with the world. This might involve confidence issues in the child.
  • The risk of trauma or physical injury in the case of children with pronounced front teeth.
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