Children’s Emergency Dentist in Middletown, NY
Children are susceptible to dental emergencies, and it is important to meet these critical moments with a gentle touch. Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry wants children at impressionable ages to experience pain relief and compassionate care from the start.
Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman builds trusting relationships with families so she can learn the unique needs of each child. Dr. Waldman treats children’s dental emergencies in Sullivan and Orange Counties with patience and excellence.
Calming fears and Soothing Anxieties
If your child is suffering from a dental emergency, it is important to remember that children are affected by the attitudes and emotions of those around them. Remaining calm and reassuring your child that help is on the way are important ways you can help your child prepare to receive care with a positive outlook.
Dr. Waldman works flexibly with parents who want to remain with children during care to provide the most relaxing experience possible. She interacts calmly with young patients, educating them and letting them participate in the treatment process. Depending on the child’s situation, Dr. Waldman also offers sedation services such as:
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral Pain Relief
- IV Sedation
Broken or Knocked Out Teeth
Children are active and prone to damaging their teeth. If a child has chipped or broken a tooth, try to locate the broken piece. Sometimes chips can be bonded back onto the tooth. If a child is bleeding from an avulsed (knocked out) tooth, apply pressure on the gum to help stop the bleeding, and place an ice pack on the area to minimize any swelling.
Sometimes with immediate attention, avulsed teeth can be replanted into the socket. Gently rinse the tooth with warm water and place it in a glass of warm milk or salted water, and call Dr. Waldman immediately.
Tooth Ache Treatment
Toothaches are generally a sign that tooth decay has penetrated the enamel and reached the inner chamber, or pulp, of the tooth. The pulp is where the nerves are, and nerves become inflamed and send signals to the brain when bacteria are present. It treated promptly; toothaches may sometimes be treated with just a filling. Often, the dentist may need to remove part or all of the pulp and cap the tooth to protect it.
If left untreated, toothaches can lead to infections in the jaw that endanger other teeth and other organs in the body. Avoid further complications by seeing your dentist as soon as possible.
First Aid Kit for Dental Emergencies
A few items to keep in your first aid kit may make waiting for professional help easier for your children.
- Pain Relievers
- Ice Pack
- Dental Cement
Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry for Patient and Gentle Emergency Care
Dr. Geri-Lyn Waldman’s delight in helping children is what led her to specialize in pediatric dentistry. She provides fast service for families facing dental emergencies. Her experience and compassion equip her to treat the special needs of children. Located in Middletown, New York, she serves patients throughout Sullivan and Orange counties.