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Old 05-29-2020, 12:32 PM
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My 5 year old has a small cavity. Our regular dentist referred her to a pediatric dentist to have it evaluated/fixed. The regular dentist said he could possibly do it on the office, but at her age he was more comfortable sending her to the pediatric dentist. The problem is the closest one is nearly 2 hours each way away. We live in a rural area This will take at least 2 appointments if we go this route. They can do laughing gas and then sedation at the pediatric dentist if needed. Our regular dentist can do the novocaine shot and possibly laughing gas. Is it truly better to go to the pediatric dentist ? If it were closer and in an area I was comfortable driving I wouldn't hesitate. It is just in an area i have never driven before. If anyone has advice on pediatric vs regular I would appreciate it.


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Old 05-29-2020, 01:00 PM
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We have always used a pediatric dentist for our kids. They are accustomed to making children comfortable and dealing with their fears. Everything is geared toward children. That said, I don't know if I would drive that far for one.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:08 PM
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I lived in a rural area growing up and had also had major teeth issues. I had to be referred to a specialist whose location was an hour away. I had to go almost once a month for 4 or 5 years! My mom and I always made a "girl's outing" out of it. Since it was bigger, there were more things to do. After my appointment, we'd go out to eat, to a mall, or do something else in that area before heading it home. It made me look forward to it, especially because those appointments scared me quite a bit (it involved a major surgery towards the end of the 4/5 years!).

Could you do something like that? If you are going 2 hours on way, you could make it worth your while. Maybe go shopping, out to a restaurant you don't have, a mall, a museum, a park, a movie, etc? Anything to make it exciting for her? Also, I think it's good news this is in the summer (hopefully both appointments can be scheduled for the summer), since the weather is nicer and you don't have to worry about bad roads because of snow/ice.

I have no opinion on the pediatric vs. the regular dentist, as I don't have any kids and only went to a regular dentist. However, I think if the regular dentist felt more comfortable with the pediatric dentist doing it, I would honor that and respect his wishes.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:08 PM
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I live in a rural area and raised a child (now 35) without even realizing there was such a thing as a pediatric dentist. My regular dentist is fantastic with kids and I see them leave his practice all the time without any distress. A small cavity shouldn't be too life altering. But that is just me.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:32 PM
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Can you check with friends with kids in your area and see who they use for their children? I'm sure not everyone travels 2 hours to a pediatric dentist. Maybe check with your pediatrician. They might know of a more local dentist that works well with children.



Did your child have problems at your dentist? Have they done x-rays? What tooth is it in?

It is important to have a good dental experience.


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Old 05-29-2020, 01:40 PM
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It depends on how well the child will sit for the dentist. My cousin is a dental assistant, so she gets free services for her family. Her son wouldn't sit for the dentist, so he said she'd have to take him to a pediatric one where she'd have to pay. He was 7ish and told either he sat for the dentist or vacation was cancelled because they wouldn't be able to afford it if they had to pay for a pediatric dentist. He sat for the regular dentist after that!
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Old 05-29-2020, 03:35 PM
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My kids had a few cavities between ages 4-7. We never went to a peds dentist. My daughter was nervous but did fine. She had the shot and laughing gas, no sedation. If your kid will sit still enough for the shot without freaking out, I would just stay in town. We live in a rural area too, so I understand the headache of out of town appointments!
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Old 05-29-2020, 04:21 PM
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Another question is why this would take multiple appointments. I've never heard of this for a small cavity. Usually the cavity is discovered at a regular checkup/cleaning. You already had that appointment with the regular dentist. Then one appointment to fix it. That's all.

I would want to hear a really good explanation of why it would take longer before I would drive two hours.
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Old 05-29-2020, 04:43 PM
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But I have read this post these times. Why is your experienced dentist reluctant to full a small cavity? Unless your child was extremely difficult there should be no reason not to fix the tooth. I used to be a dental assistant. I have worked many times with the dentist in small children. I am wondering if he is sending business to a friend or relative. Just a thought. It should be a quick and simple procedure.
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:03 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I appreciate everyone weighing in. I have several friends who have had the same experience as me with different dentists. Around here, most dentists dont want to fill teeth until they're about 8 or so. I think they dont want to cause dental anxiety in children by filling a tooth from what my dentist said. He also said it was a back molar and the cavity is in an awkward part to reach kind of between her teeth. I think he is concerned about trying to keep her mouth open wide enough also because she is very tiny in general. I am still on the fence. It would take two apartments at the pediatric dentist because the first time they would evaluate her and discuss options/payment with me. That appt. takes about 45 minutes. The next appointment will fix the tooth. I asked about doing it in one day due to our distance but they dont do that. I would love to do something special in 'the big city' but everything is still closed due to covid-19. We may just get a toy she wants delivered to the house for being a big girl. That's a good point about referring to a friend in another practice. It could be a possibility but I doubt it. Our regular dentist is really good with kids and super gentle. He may just be worried I will have a breakdown when they work on my daughter's teeth . I have had some tough times in that chair. Thank you for giving advice, you all always help me with tough decisions.


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