Kids Dentist Brisbane
Dr Soha Sharif
Our experienced kid’s dentist in Brisbane provides sleep dentistry for children in Brisbane. Dr Soha is a child-focused dentist. She employs specialised paediatric behaviour management techniques. This ensures the dental treatment of children is performed in an environment that is calm and non-threatening. Dr Soha, above all, cares for the children she sees. Her supporting staff understand the use of contemporary materials and sterilisation protocols and are pioneering advanced instrumentations to ensure they give your kids a healthy smile for the rest of their lives. Ask Dr Soha about using medical gas (happy gas) for controlling dental anxiety in children.
Do children's dentists in Brisbane offer sedation or sleep dentistry?
Dr Soha Sharif is a children’s dentist in Brisbane who provides sleep dentistry for children. There are multiple advantages to paediatric dental care in full sleep. Sleep dentistry is particularly beneficial for children with medical conditions such as ADHD, ASD, or those with special needs 🌼💖🌸. It eases the dental experience by putting the child into a deep, restful state during the procedure. This not only ensures that the child does not recall the procedure, mitigating potential trauma, but also enhances the precision of the treatment. With the child in a fully relaxed state, the paediatric dentist can work with greater accuracy, ensuring optimal results and decreasing the likelihood of complications or the need for repeat procedures.
Which Brisbane dental clinics are kid-friendly with a fun environment?
🌸 You’re in for a treat! If you’re looking for a truly kid-friendly dental clinic in Brisbane, I can’t help but gush over Pure Dentistry! They have the warmest, child-friendly environment. Imagine the look on your little one’s face when they spot Dory and Nemo swimming about in a mesmerising marine fish tank. It’s like a mini aquatic adventure right there in the clinic! 🐠🐟 And there’s more – Dr. Soha’s treatment room is decorated to be such a fun and delightful space for kiddos. Every detail is designed to make children feel at ease and even excited about their dental visit. So, darling, Pure Dentistry is a splendid choice for that combo of top-notch dental care in a fun, comforting environment. 💖💫
How to Lessen Anxiety of my Kid in Dental Treatment
DO NOT Relay your Anxiety to your Child
Kids are sensitive to their environment and they’re very good at picking up on adults’ apprehension.
So, on your child’s trip to the dentist:
- Maintain a Positive Attitude
- Encourage ‘Brave Behavior’
- Do not Sensitise them. ‘Act as Usual.’
- Do not make the appointment a ‘Special Event’
- Do not Make Visiting a Dentist Look Like a Punishment
Unless the visit is to an emergency dentist in Brisbane, take the time to feed your child to avoid hunger meltdowns.
Be a ‘Brave Model’ for Kids at the Dentist
Children tend to imitate their parents.
If you find your child visibly nervous, you can bring them in to watch your dental visit first. This can help demystify the process and make it predictable and less stressful for them.
You can also:
- Dress kids comfortably
- Bring a comfort object (Favorited Toy or Blanket)
- Ask older siblings to stay in the waiting area
Create Kid-Friendly Dental Clinic Environment
Avoid the use of alarming questions like “Does it hurt?” or words like ‘drill’ and ‘needle’.
For young children, use gentle, non-scary language, appropriate to the child’s comprehension level.
Depending on their age, you may use child-friendly language:
Probe: Tooth counter
Gauze: Tooth pillow
Drill: Tooth sweeper
Cavity: Sugar bugs
Injection: Mozzie bite
Anesthetic: Sleepy juice
Syringe: Sleepy juice Spray
Numb: In sleep
Suction: Mr thirsty
If Your Kid is Anxious about Dental Treatment
Provide children with positive reinforcement:
- Stay Calm Yourself
- Be a ‘Passive Observer’
- Allow the Dentist to Capture your Child’s Full Attention
The dentist will talk about the fact that their mouth will feel so much better once the problem is fixed.
It is stressful for kids if several adults give directions at the same time.
Please stay calm and passive during your kids dental treatment.
To make your child feel comfortable, and give them some control, the dentist may allow your child to explore dental instruments in our dental clinic for kids in Brisbane.
Passive Parental Presence during your Kid's Paediatric Dental Appointment
Children may fuss during a dental visit but you may be surprised how accepting they can be.
Parents can accompany children in the treatment room however, some children do better when parents stay passive during the treatment.
According to studies, children sense and absorb parents’ anxiety which affects their ability to tolerate treatment. Passive parental presence does not make a child’s behaviour worse. However, direct communication between parent and child during treatment may create anxiety for the child.
Referral for Kids Extractions under General Anaesthesia
Young uncooperative kids with multiple teeth of poor prognoses may require referral for tooth extractions under general anaesthesia by Pure Dentistry dentists in Brisbane at a local Hospital. Once this decision has been made, dental treatment will be carefully planned by our kids-specific dentists in Brisbane. Also, ask us about using SuperCare to pay for dental work using your ATO super fund.
Children's Dentistry or Kids Dentist Brisbane
Our paediatric dentist offers baby teeth and gum care for infants and toddlers. Oral health has many benefits for young kids. These benefits begin from an early age. Get an early start on your child’s lifetime of healthy smiles by taking good care of their oral health. healthy and caries free teeth in infants and toddlers reduced the risk of caries in permanent teeth later in life.
As toddlers learn to walk they will fall down and bump their teeth many times. most of these falls are small scratches and harmless. However, some of the trauma sustained to teeth can cause pain and infection and potentially damage the permanent tooth. Regular dental checkups for toddlers in Brisbane can quickly identify early childhood dental problems. The right dental treatment can be provided by your child’s paediatric dentist.
Frequently Asked Questions for Kids Dental
How many teeth can erupt in babies?
20 baby teeth are already present in the jaw at birth. They usually start to come through the gums around 4 to 6 months of age.
Do toddlers really need dentist?
Yes, toddlers really need to see a dentist because if they don’t they would be at the risk of these common conditions:
- Early childhood caries can cause pain and infection which may lead to early loss of teeth
- develop incorrect oral hygiene habits
The mindset and dental health knowledge of parents or caregivers is a predictors of a child’s dental health. Consulting with a kids dentist Brisbane or a paediatric dentist provides anticipatory guidance regarding feeding habits and oral hygiene. This knowledge also prepares parents on what to do in the event of trauma to the baby teeth.
What age should kids go to the dentist for the first time?
You should start your child’s paediatric dental care from an early age. Early age for baby teeth means by age of one or within the first six months after the first baby tooth erupts. On the first visit to the kid’s dentist in Brisbane, your child’s dental health record is put together. Kids’ dental record is updated every 6 months and forms a basis for your kid’s dentist to detect abnormalities in the growth and development of the kid’s teeth and jaws from an early age.
Our Brisbane kid’s dentist uses your kid’s dental health records, to assess the progression rate of caries in baby teeth. In the subsequent dental visits, the kids dentist re-assesses your child’s dental health records and will make regular updates to your kid’s records.
Based on the dental health records, the kid’s dentist makes adjustments to your child’s oral hygiene care. Diet advice for kids can help the parents prevent new caries from forming or arrest initial caries that have already formed in the kid’s teeth.
What is the price of a visit to a kids dentist in Brisbane?
The price of a kid’s dentist in Brisbane varies depending on the type of kid’s dental treatment required. An initial kid’s dental examination pricing by kid’s dental specialist, Dr Soha for new child patients or patients with dental trauma is $150. These dental treatment prices for kids in Brisbane are subject to change. Dental examination by other general dentists at our dental clinic, just south of Brisbane’s CBD, is priced at $70 per visit. Periodic dental examination prices by dentists (e.g. for six-monthly routine check-ups) are roughly $55 to $60 (subject to change).
If you are eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) in Brisbane and you have a sufficient balance in your Medicare account, you can ask our receptionist to provide an invoice so you can partially claim the dental treatment or examination fees for kids from Medicare using your MyGov App. Medicare may or may not rebate the full amount as our prices are typically higher than Medicare price rebates.
Using Your Superfund
You can use SuperCare to pay for kids dental. This is a popular option when using sleep dentistry for children which our dentist provides in a private hospital using a specialist paediatric anaesthetist.
Private Health Funds
Private health funds with dental cover (Extras) cover a percentage of dental fees up to a certain limit and you can pay the gap.
Payment plans for Kids Dental
You can also use our payment plans for kids dental including AfterPay, humm or OpenPay.
Standard Dental Examination Fee for Children
Alternatively, if you are not using any of the payment options above, please call us for the examination and consultation fee which is currently around $65 (subject to change).
Do I have to pay for kid's dentist?
No, you do not need to pay for a kid’s dentist in Brisbane if your kid/s have enough balance under Medicare CDBS. Check this link to see what’s not covered under Medicare child dental services
How can I help my child see a dentist?
Do not make visiting the dentist a special event for your child. Do not talk about it all the time. Take your child to the dentist like it is very normal. Watching Peppa Pig Goes to the Dentist can help them become familiar with the dentist. Avoid saying things like “be brave”, “it won’t hurt”, “there are no needles” as they can alarm your child.
What age should a kid go to the dentist for the first time in Brisbane??
It is best for your kid to see a dentist by the age of 6 months or within 6 months after the first baby tooth erupts. The benefits of early kid’s visits to the dentist include:
- help the child to become familiar with the dentist
- establish a dental home
- provide the opportunity for the dentist to give parents anticipatory guidance on the eruption pattern of baby teeth
- good feeding habit advice
- oral hygiene
- what to do in case of trauma which is very common in toddlers and young children.
Kids with special health care needs and medical conditions may need more frequent dental visits.
What is a dentist for kids called?
A paediatric dentist is a dentist who has had an extra three years of additional training to provide dental treatment specific to kids. Paediatric dentists provide services including general dentistry, minor oral surgery, emergency dentistry for children and dental care for children with special needs. They provide sedation options including sleep dentistry for kids general anaesthesia, happy gas, etc. Paediatric dentists are trained to manage children who have challenging behaviours including children with global developmental delay, children with autism, AHDH, down syndrome and children with cerebral palsy.
When should the first dental visit be?
Majority of kids in Brisbane make their first dental visit before the age of 5, however, in pediatric dentistry, the first visit should happen in an early age. i.e. at the age of one or within six month after the first baby tooth comes through the gum.
How do I choose a kid's dentist?
A kids dentist should be kind, patient and gentle towards children. They should have the right environment for kids. A child will feel relaxed and comfortable in our Brisbane paediatric dentist’s office. There should be simple distractions in the office for children including TV, kids’ shows and other entertainment. A kid’s dentist in Brisbane should have the right dental clinic facilities to offer pain-free dental treatments for kids.
Can a 2 year old kid go to the dentist?
Yes. Visiting a specialist kids dentist in Brisbane is recommended from when the first baby tooth erupts. A kid’s dentist is trained to examine your 2 year old’s teeth and provide advice and dental treatment if required.