Children’s Dentistry in Sugar Land

Perhaps one of the longest-lasting benefits of a healthy smile during childhood is the foundation for a healthy self-image. A healthy and attractive smile brings higher self-esteem, increased confidence and better first impressions on others… Remember what it was like making friends as a child and teenager? Dr. Nasha Hunter and her pediatric dental team strongly believe that kids deserve healthy smiles that they can feel good about.

Preventive & Comprehensive Dental Treatments

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Restorative Pediatric Dentistry

  • Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
    • Composite resin fillings are bonded to teeth with adhesive. The tooth-colored material is cured with a special light and the surface is polished to match the tooth, making the restoration virtually undetectable to the eye and natural feeling in the mouth.
  • Nerve Treatment
    • When a cavity gets really large and close to the nerve (or pulp), the nerve becomes inflamed. During nerve treatment, or a pulpotomy, pediatric dentist Dr. Hunter removes the inflamed nerve. The area is then sterilized and the chamber is sealed.
  • Traditional Stainless Steel & White Crowns
    • A crown covers or “caps” a tooth, hence the name “crown.” When a dental filling would not be sufficient to repair a cracked or broken tooth a crown is necessary to restore the tooth. We place both white and stainless steel (silver) crowns in our office.
  • Dental Emergencies
    • Accidents happen, and when they involve your child’s teeth or mouth they can be especially frightening. Whether it is a toothache, a broken tooth, or an injury to the soft tissue, please call our office immediately to schedule a visit for your child. Kids’ emergency dentist Dr. Hunter treats dental emergencies promptly.

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Safe Teeth Whitening for Teens

Something as simple as professional teeth whitening can make your teen’s smile look brighter! We offer whitening options for our patients, ages 12 and older. Ask about your teen’s options at his or her next visit.

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For Your Child’s Comfort

We understand that some children feel uneasy about, or even scared of, dental treatment (and some parents, too!). We will consult with you about your child’s personality and individual needs to determine the best way to make him or her feel comfortable. We offer relaxing sedation options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and IV sedation, and we always follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry sedation guidelines.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of two gases: nitrous oxide and oxygen.

When inhaled together, they create feelings of happiness and relaxation in most patients. Some even describe feelings of floating or silliness, which is why it is called “laughing gas”. The gas is quickly eliminated when the patient exhales. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes its usage as a safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs.

Instructions to follow before your child’s appointment with nitrous oxide:
Please inform us of any change to your child’s health, including any new medications on the day of the appointment. If your child has a stuffy nose, it may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.

Most importantly, please do not let your child eat or drink two hours prior to his or her appointment to avoid the risk of nausea and vomiting. Patients may have a light snack three hours prior to administration of nitrous oxide.

Oral mild/moderate sedation is recommended 1) for very anxious patients 2) to help minimize physical discomfort and pain 3) for young patients requiring extensive dental treatment and/or 4) to control behavior/movement so as to allow the safe completion of the dental procedure.

This treatment involves the administration of a prescription sedative, which is measured out based on the patient’s weight by the pediatric dentists shortly before the visit. Your child’s vital signs will be monitored throughout the treatment. Your child will keep all of their natural reflexes, and they may become drowsy and even take a nap during the procedure, but they will not be unconscious. Even with oral moderate sedation, your child may still fuss during treatment. It is difficult to accurately predict how your child will react to this moderate sedation.

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is normally administered in conjunction with oral mild/moderate sedation.

Prior to your child’s oral mild/moderate sedation:

  • Please notify our office of any change in your child’s health, including but not limited to fever, ear infection and nasal or chest congestion.
  • Tell us about any prescribed, over-the-counter or herbal medications your child is taking. Check with us to see if routine medications should be taken the day of the sedation. Also, report any allergies or reactions to medications that your child has experienced.
  • We require that the patient does not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to sedation time (this includes water).
  • Dress your child in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. This will allow us to properly place monitors that evaluate your child’s response to the medications and help ensure your child’s safety. These monitors measure effects on your child’s breathing, heart and blood pressure.
  • If your child is recently toilet trained have them wear a pull up/diaper in the case of an accident.
  • Your child is welcome to bring a favorite stuffed toy or blanket to their appointment.
  • When your child arrives on the day of the appointment, he/she will be brought back to have their vitals taken by an assistant. The assistant will then give the child the medicine. Once the child has taken the entire dosage, he/she will be waiting anywhere from 30 mins to 1 hour. During this time, your child may seem completely alert, get groggy or even sleep.
  • For your child’s safety, we may need to watch him/her for several minutes following the treatment to make sure he/she is alert and stable before dismissal from the office.
  • If you will be traveling home by automobile or if you must bring any other children with you to this appointment, it is preferable to have 2 adults accompany the patient home. On the way home, one individual should be able to observe the child’s breathing
  • The parent /legal guardian must remain in the waiting room while their child is receiving their dental treatment.

After the sedation appointment:

  • Your child needs to be watched for several hours following the sedation appointment until he/she is completely recovered from the effects of the sedation. If your child falls asleep, position his/her chin up and periodically check on his/her breathing. If your child is snoring, reposition the head until the snoring stops and your child breaths normally. If breathing becomes abnormal or you are unable to arouse your child, contact emergency services (call 911) immediately.
  • Nausea and vomiting are occasional side effects of sedation. If vomiting occurs, immediately clear your child’s mouth. If vomiting persists for 20 to 40 minutes, contact our office immediately.
  • Restrict activities for the remainder of the day. Prohibit potentially harmful activities, such as bike riding, swimming, using playground equipment or any activity where balance is important.
  • Once your child is alert, you may give him/her sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea and dehydration. Small drinks taken repeatedly are preferable to large amounts. The first meal should be something light and easily digestible (e.g. soup, apple sauce). Do not give fatty or spicy foods (e.g. milk, cheese, fries, tacos, salsa, yogurt, French fries).
  • A slight fever (temperature to 100.5 F) is not uncommon after sedation. You may give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. Because dehydration may cause a slight increase in temperature, clear fluids may help correct this condition. If a higher fever develops or the fever persists, call our office.
  • If your child seems to be having problems, please contact our office at (281) 566 6100.

Intravenous (IV) sedation is sometimes necessary for children who are very anxious, have a strong gag reflex or are unable to cooperate during dental treatment. A board certified anesthesiologist will provide IV sedation in our office and will monitor your child throughout their dental treatment and during the recovery period of the appointment.

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Sweetpea Smiles Treatment Packages

Dr. Nasha Hunter understands the importance of treating every child as an individual. As a board certified pediatric dentist, she is uniquely qualified to understand the developmental stages of children of all ages, and she applies this understanding to your child’s dental appointment. Each of our dental plans for kids is outlined to help you better understand what to expect at your child’s next visit to Sweetpea Smiles.

Sweetpea Baby Package (Birth to 11 Months)

  • Complimentary Dental Exam
  • Demonstration of Effective Infant Oral Hygiene
  • Nutritional Counseling, Including Dietary Habits
  • Education about Toothpaste
  • Discussion on Avoiding Early Childhood Cavities
  • Cavity Risk Assessment
  • Advice on Teething
  • Tips on Weaning Baby from Pacifier, Bottle, & Other Habits
  • Fluoride Application

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Sweetpea Tot Package (1 to 5 Years)

  • Complete Dental Exam
  • Toddler Teeth Cleaning & Fluoride Application
  • Appropriate-Sized Bitewing X-rays for Patients 3 & Up
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions on Brushing & Flossing
  • Nutritional Counseling, Including Dietary Habits
  • Cavity Risk Assessment
  • Discussion on When to Start Fluoride Toothpaste
  • Tips on How to Handle Oral Habits like Thumb Sucking
  • Advice on Dental Injury Prevention
  • Counseling on Dental Developmental Changes

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Sweetpea Kid Package (6 to 12 Years)

  • Complete Dental Exam
  • Appropriate-Sized Bitewing X-rays for Patients 3 & Up
  • Tooth Cleaning & Fluoride Application
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Cavity Risk Assessment
  • Application of Relevant Sealants
  • Orthodontic Evaluation

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Sweetpea Teen Package (13 to 18 Years)

  • Complete Dental Exam
  • Teeth Cleaning & Fluoride Application
  • Bitewing X-rays & Panoramic X-ray
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Cavity Risk Assessment
  • Application of Relevant Sealants
  • Orthodontic Evaluation

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