Emergencies to check-ups. We got you covered...

We offer a wide range of children’s dental services to promote a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums for your children. Call us today to learn more about our Lake Wylie Pediatric dental treatment options.

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. Regular cleanings are critical to your child’s development of healthy teeth and gums. We perform regular check-ups, cleanings and oral health evaluations in our Lake Wylie children’s dental office.

Dental Emergencies...

Missing tooth

First and foremost, try to stay calm: injuries to the mouth, face and teeth can happen frequently in children. Remaining calm and taking decisive action will help minimize the damaging effects of the injury, and lessen your child’s resulting discomfort. Try to stop any bleeding with a clean washcloth or sterile piece of gauze. As you do this, check for broken teeth and/or missing teeth. If there are missing teeth, try to locate them, and place them in a cup of milk, or if that is not available, you can use saliva or saline.

Broken Tooth

Delicately clean or rinse dirt from the area around the break. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken tooth to minimize lip or facial swelling. If the fracture is more than one-half of the tooth, see the dentist immediately.

Special Needs Friendly

Our pediatric dentist is specialty-trained in treating children with special needs and medically compromised patients. We give these beautiful children the extra attention and understanding that they may need. We deliver care safely, compassionately and with the most fun possible. Our pediatric dental team members are trained to to meet your child’s special needs and ensure that they grow up with healthy and beautiful smiles.

Sedation Dentistry...

Nitrous Oxide

Laughing/Relaxing Gas, or better known as nitrous oxide, is most often used for children who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. The goal is to ease their anxiety so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over your child’s nose (clown nose). Your child will be asked to breathe through his or her nose and not through the mouth. As the gas begins to work, the child becomes calm, although he or she is still awake and can talk with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately. As the child gets older and becomes more comfortable with the dentist, nitrous oxide may not be needed. Dr. Ryan aims to provide as much treatment as possible utilizing nitrous oxide. He believes firmly in its safety and efficacy and has taught multiple dentists on the subject of nitrous oxide at the US Navy Postgraduate Dental School.

Oral Sedation with Valium

For children, a trip to the dentist can be scary. While we will always use a gentle touch whenever we work with your child, some children tend to be more anxious than others and may need a little extra help to relax in our dentist’s chair. We offer oral conscious sedation to help your child overcome dental fears and receive the care they need without anxiety. Your child’s medical history is carefully examined to prevent any drug interactions; once sedated your child will be able to respond to simple commands but will ideally become calm and relaxed for the procedure. Oral sedation dentistry for your child’s dental anxiety is simple.

Valium pre-medication is classified as a benzodiazepine that is utilized to help relieve anxiety in a dental setting. This medication is given in-office 45-60 minutes prior to the beginning of treatment and dosed according to your child's weight. Your child should become more relaxed with use but will remain alert and aware throughout the entire procedure. The most common side effects following valium pre-medication include drowsiness, unsteadiness, and lack of coordination.  Therefore your child may not return to school, and active adult supervision is required. No active playing or activities is allowed. Your child may return to normal activities on the following day.

IV Sedation

This method of anxiety relief is used for patients who may be medically compromised or who fear the dental treatment for a variety of reasons. The medication is administered directly into the bloodstream, and it can be increased on as-needed basis throughout the procedure. This type of sedation is offered in our office on site and is administered by a dental Anesthesiologist.

IV Sedation is used in situations where a child has extensive dental treatment needs, they are too young of an age to cooperate, for very difficult procedures, severe dental anxiety and in cases of previous traumatic experiences.

Our office uses the services of Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates for cases requiring IV sedation.

Hospital Dentistry

Some of our children have multiple dental caries and are not a candidate for traditional dental treatment using nitrous oxide in the office, oral sedation or IV sedation. As a result, we offer the service of providing full oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia. We utilize the services of Carolina Surgery Center (http://carolinasurgicalcenter.com/) and Palmetto Surgery Center (http://www.palmettosurgerycenter.com/). Dr. Ryan is a shareholder and auxiliary board member of Carolina Surgery Center in Rock Hill. 

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please notify us of any change in your child’s health. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.

  • You must tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.

  • Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.

  • Your child should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment.

  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room during the complete procedure.

After the anesthesia appointment:

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.

  • Your child may want to sleep after the procedure. It is important to encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.

  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.

  • Prior to leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed list of "Post-Op Instructions" and an emergency contact number if needed.