Patients who visit pediatric dentist
Miguel Argumosa, D.M.D., typically make an initial appointment with him at one of his offices. Most patients then follow up with dental treatment within those same offices. At times, however, Dr. Argumosa needs the help of the anesthesiology department at Golisano Children s Hospital of Southwest Florida in order to complete a procedure.
A patient may require dental treatment under general anesthesia if there are extensive treatment needs, anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, immature cognitive function, disabilities and/or significant medical conditions, Dr. Argumosa says.
For example, a patient who is younger than age 5, with multiple dental cavities, anxiety and an unresolved heart condition is a good candidate.
Of course, the first line of defense is preventive dentistry; avoiding the problems in the first place, Dr. Argumosa says. When I do have to take a patient to the hospital, I would like this to be the one and only time they have to undergo anesthesia for dental treatment, he says. All the dental work is completed that day, and my goal following treatment is uneventful maintenance and prevention.
Dr. Argumosa says children should see a dentist by their first birthday.
By starting early, you stave off serious disease and kids don t develop a phobia about going to the dentist.
Children can become frightened of the dentist if their first visit is painful and difficult, Dr. Argumosa says. However, preventative and maintenance visits (cleaning, exam, X-rays, fluoride) are easy and make dental visits fun. Kids will look forward to coming to the dentist, Dr. Argumosa says.
Dr. Argumosa emphasizes the importance of baby teeth. Healthy baby teeth are necessary for chewing, speech development, maintaining space for and guiding the permanent teeth into the correct positions; and development of the jaws and physical appearance, he says. Infected baby teeth, if left untreated, can lead to severe crowding, pain, infection and other jaw and tooth deformities.
Dr. Argumosa recently treated a 5-year-old boy who developed significant problems because of dental decay. He stopped eating and did not want to go to school because of his physical appearance, Dr. Argumosa says. I provided dental care under general anesthesia, which restored his attractive, pain-free smile.
He is now excited to come to our office every six months for maintenance visits, and he eats comfortably, loves his smile and is doing better in school. I look forward to those types of interactions and results.
Miguel Argumosa, D.M.D.
9510 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135