Pediatric dentists treat patients who present special challenges related to their age, behavior, medical status, developmental disabilities, or special needs. Caries, periodontal diseases, and other oral conditions, if left untreated, can lead to pain, infection, and loss of function. These undesirable outcomes can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and development. Many medical conditions (e.g., hematological, oncological) are exacerbated by the presence of oral maladies and disease. To address these challenges and to provide the treatment needs effectively, pediatric dentists have developed and employ a variety of management techniques, including services in a hospital setting with general anesthesia.
Dr. Jenifer Wolfe is a board certified pediatric dental specialist. She provides dental surgery, sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” for children at PRHC. The dental services are performed while the child patient is under general anesthesia or “asleep.” These “sleep dentistry,” services are ideal for very young children, anxious children, and those with developmental disabilities. The following services are provided by Dr. Jenifer Wolfe.
- Dental examination and cleaning with fluoride treatment if indicated
- Diagnosis and treatment of Dental Decay (restorative dentistry)
- Extraction of abscessed teeth
- Interceptive orthodontic treatment (placement of space maintainers)
- Crowns (caps)
“Sleep Dentistry” is not recommended for every dental patient, but when necessary it can ensure patients obtain the restorative services they require in a calm, comfortable and safe environment.