We make ‘the dentists’ a happy place for your child
Within paediatric dentistry we often treat children with a range of highly complex conditions, whether health or diet-related. Making children feel comfortable in the clinical environment is of the utmost importance, which is why we make it a priority at Sydney Specialist Dental Group.
We strive to position ourselves as your child’s ‘Dental Home’ – a place where they feel safe, and which becomes their familiar environment in which to learn about caring for their teeth from a young age. By doing so, we can help to prevent early childhood issues and lay the foundations for optimal oral health throughout their lives.
Dr Diane Tay and her specialist team not only provide preventative and restorative care, but are also highly skilled in treating medically compromised children and adolescents.
At SSDG you can rest assure that your child’s dental wellbeing is in safe hands.
Dental trauma is when teeth get damaged in an accident, and can occur in kids of all ages. At SSDG we have the skills to manage paediatric dental emergencies and to make your child feel calm.
The team at SSDG have expertise in managing dental anxiety in children, and in helping parents reduce this anxiety to levels that enable the child to visit the dental practice.
Children with medical conditions that affect their ability to receive dental treatment are referred to as 'medically compromised'. At SSDG we take extra care of these patients.
Preventive dental care
As soon as babies develop their first teeth, it's important to keep the teeth healthy. At SSDG, we work with you and you child to establish healthy habits and good dental care routines to prevent decay.
Treatment under happy gas
The use of nitrous oxide in paediatric dentistry is a common way of delivering dental care in a compassionate and appropriate manner for young children. Happy gas can help calm anxious children when under going treatment.
Restorative dental care
Fixing damaged or missing teeth are some of the procedures that dentists undertake to keep the teeth and mouth functioning as it should. This may involve the use of fillings, crowns and root canal treatment and pulp therapy.
The removal of a tooth is known as extraction. If a tooth is decayed, severely damaged, misshapen or have issues with the dental roots, it may need to be removed with a simple procedure under local anaesthetic.
The general anaesthetic is a short day procedure completed in a hospital with excellent paediatric and dental facilities. For children who find it difficult in the dental chair, we can perform procedures under general anaesthesia.
Dental trauma is when teeth get damaged in an accident, and can occur in kids of all ages, ranging from falling toddlers to sporting teens. By quickly managing the tooth-related trauma we can achieve successful outcomes, so if your child damages their teeth it’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible. At SSDG we have the skills to manage paediatric dental emergencies and to make your child feel calm.
It is not unusual for a child to be afraid of the dentist. Dental anxiety in children is recognised as a major public health concern, as it can lead to underuse of dental care, as well as poor oral health. Dr Diane Tay and the team at SSDG have expertise in managing dental anxiety in children, and in helping parents reduce this anxiety to levels that enable the child to visit the dental practice.
Children with medical conditions that affect their ability to receive dental treatment, or which present as specific oral and dental problems, are referred to as 'medically compromised'. Dr Diane Tay and the team at SSDG have the expertise to manage children that fall into this category.
As soon as babies develop their first teeth they are at risk of dental decay, aka Early Childhood Caries. Our Specialist Paediatric Dentists work with you and your child to establish healthy habits and good dental care routines that will strengthen and protect young teeth, and prevent decay.
This relates to the procedures that dentists undertake to keep the teeth and mouth functioning as they should, and includes fixing up damaged or missing teeth. This may involve the use of fillings, crowns and root canal treatment and pulp therapy.
The use of sedation in Paediatric dentistry is a common way of delivering dental care in a compassionate and appropriate manner for young children.
There are many reasons why these services are provided and the use of oral sedatives/ medications and/or the use of nitrous oxide sedation (happy gas) are the two most common forms of sedation in paediatric dentistry.
There are also other elements to sedation, including conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia.
The removal of a tooth is known as extraction. There are several reasons why our specialist may advise extraction, including:
- a misshapen tooth
- issues with the dental roots
- a decayed tooth
- a trauma.
The complexity of the dental problem may require a surgical or non-surgical procedure during which a mild anaesthesia will provide comfort and tranquillity to the young patient.
If a child loses a baby tooth prematurely it can affect the way in which the permanent tooth develops and places in the mouth. In such instances, the use of a space maintainer will keep the space open until the permanent tooth comes in.
We make provision for a certain number of emergency appointments each week. These are predominantly during office hours and are usually for cases in which there is a dental injury or infection causing facial swelling.
If you have an emergency that falls outside of standard business hours, please visit the Emergency Department of your local hospital, as they will have an on-call service for dental emergencies.
Tongue-tie occurs when the thin piece of skin under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue. In some cases the tongue is not free or mobile enough for the baby to attach properly to the breast.
Release (snipping) of the tight frenulum can improve the baby’s ability to breastfeed. Snipping a tight frenulum in young babies is a simple procedure that takes only a second or two. No anaesthetic is needed. The baby usually breastfeeds straight after the procedure.
When a child begins to participate in contact sports and physical recreational activities, the risk of sustaining oral injuries increases significantly. A mouthguard can help prevent or lessen the severity of oral injuries such as fractures to the teeth or surrounding bone, or cuts to the tongue, lip or cheek.
A custom-fitted mouth guard tailored to your child’s activity is even more effective at preventing oral injury as it remains in the optimal position in the his or her mouth. It is also more comfortable for the child when talking and breathing. Ask us about the use of mouthguards and the most suitable solution for your child. Our practice can provide a custom-fitted mouth guard tailored to your child’s needs.
Making them feel right at home
At Sydney Specialist Dental Group we combine professionalism, care and comfort to remove any worries you or your child may have.
Paediatric dentist Specialist care
Our paediatric dental specialists have a wealth of experience treating children, including those with anxiety or additional needs
Professional and quality dental service
Our team of dental specialists continually update their skills and training to deliver your child the best possible care and outcomes
Private health insurance accepted
We work with private health funds to enable more young people to receive the high level of dental care they require
Your children's safety is our top priority
Above all else, we strive to ensure the safety and comfort of all our young patients throughout every procedure
Dental care for kids with additional needs
Sydney Specialist Dental Group is an additional needs dentistry practice where everyone is welcomed with a big smile!
We are passionate about our work, and our practitioners are highly trained to effectively treat children with a wide range of additional needs. Whether your child has developmental, physical, emotional, cognitive and/or sensory needs, we have the skills to make dental procedures as stress-free as possible.
With a wealth of experience in compassionately treating kids with additional needs, our Specialist Paediatric Dentists and Oral Health Therapist are committed to delivering the same high standard of dental care to every single patient.
Children and adults with autism maybe at an increased risk of oral health conditions which can be brought on by certain prescribed medications or oral habits. It’s therefore important to have regular dental check-ups and daily oral hygiene routines.
We strive to maintain a calm and consistent environment where children, in particular, can feel relaxed and safe. We encourage parents or caregivers to work with us to ensure that the patient’s visit to the dentist is a positive experience. The first visit is generally shorter so that the patient can be introduced to our Specialist Dentist, other staff, facilities and the instruments that will be used to examine and treat their teeth. It may take a number of visits to build their confidence and for us to acquaint ourselves with their behaviour patterns, but no matter how long it takes, we will be there to support them.
Children and adults with cerebral palsy can have some unique and additional dental health needs. Maintaining daily oral care might also be more challenging. Our team have the skills and knowledge to provide you with strategies to simplify teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral care for your child.
Before the first visit to our clinic it’s essential that we receive a medical history that is both accurate and current. This will give us time to review the patient’s situation before the appointment, and we can make informed decisions on how to best treat and manage their oral health.
In many cases, children who cannot control or coordinate their facial muscles find it difficult to chew and swallow; drooling and the inability to empty food pouches after a meal is common, and brushing and flossing their teeth and rinsing their mouths may be difficult. In these circumstances plaque can form on the teeth which in time can cause tooth decay.
Our surgery is wheel-chair friendly to your family's ease and comfort. It is our mission to work together with you to ensure your visit to our clinic is a pleasant and anxiety-free experience.
Individuals with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) can have more complex dental needs. Some common dental issues include: acid wear on teeth, mis-shapened teeth, missing teeth, issues with their bite (occlusion) and slower growth and eruption of teeth.
As each child is unique, they may require specialised care to ensure the best outcome for their teeth and oral health. We strive to understand their medical background and needs, even before they attend the appointment, to deliver safe and effective care.
The expertise and experience to care for your child's dental wellbeing
Making our young patients feel relaxed and comfortable is a priority for the specialists at SSDG.
Make the switch to specialist dental care today!
Whether you’re seeking a better dental experience for yourself, your child or another family member, we’re ready to welcome you to Sydney Specialist Dental Group.