Infant Risk Assessment
Infant Risk Assessment is the practice of selectively and individually determining the imminent danger for each patient of developing specific disease states. A classic example is the child whose nursing habits render him or her more susceptible to bottle dental decay and will require our guided fluoride and dietray supplementation. Only through "Infant Oral Health Risk Assessment" can these and other predilections be noted and recommendations made.
Anticipatory Guidance is the related outcome directed toward individualized cost-effective utilization of our services. Based on the results of the risk assessment, we can determine what each child requires in an individualized preventive program. For instance, growth and development assessment can be targeted more cost effectively and appropriately focus our time and the family's limited resources for health care. Just as we selectively provide radiographs based on the individual child's caries probability and clinical presentation, we similarly can tailor our preventive services.
Hospital Dental Care
Pediatric dentists are asked to treat patients who present special challenges relating to their age, behavior, medical status, developmental disabilities, intellectual limitations, or special treatment needs. It is well recognized that pediatric dentists have a variety of techniques available to effectively address these challenges and meet the treatment needs.
When a child, or a person of any age with a disability, needs extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia is an accepted standard of care. This standard is supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. General anesthesia is also an accepted standard of care for situations involving children who have limited comprehension or children who are extremely uncooperative and require dental care that is technically difficult or sensitive to deliver.
Both Drs. Shore and Dr. Morton have years of experience in treating hundreds of children under general anesthesia. This care is always performed under the direct care and supervision of a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the hospital or surgical center as an outpatient.