Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry
in Columbus, OH!

Clover Kids Dental is proud to offer exceptional preventive and restorative dental services that cater to kids of all ages. If you and your child are beginning to discuss braces, our office has relationships with several excellent orthodontists in the area, and we would be happy to refer you to one of them. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the treatments that we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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Preventive Dental Care

Preventing dental issues before they occur is always preferred over scheduling restorative treatments. At Clover Kids Dental, we believe that teaching kids the importance of dentistry and helping them create positive oral health habits from a young age can set them up for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles! Every child should see us for routine visits, but we encourage you to check out our other preventive treatments as well!

  • Professional Teeth Cleanings
  • Routine Dental Exams
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Dental Sealants
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Restorative Services

Should your little one’s smile ever need some TLC, we offer several restorative options that can have them smiling big again in no time! Our compassionate team works hard to make all of our services, especially restorative ones, as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We even explain our treatments in an age-appropriate manner, so kids feel informed and included during their visits.

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Safe & Effective Dental Sedation

Dental sedation can be very beneficial when it comes to helping your child have a relaxed and productive dental visit. Nitrous oxide is typically recommended for dental anxiety and mild to moderately invasive dental procedures. Our practice also offers general anesthesia in-office, which renders the patient unconscious for the duration of their treatment. We work with several outpatient surgery facilities, including Nationwide Children’s Westerville Surgery Center, Central Ohio Surgical Institute, and Nationwide Children’s Main Campus Surgery Center, and provide general anesthesia during those procedures as well.

We always assess each patient’s treatment plan, medical history, and current health status before recommending services, especially dental sedation, as patient safety is our top priority. For questions or more information, please get in touch with our front office team.

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Sedation Options

For some children, it is just impossible to stay still in a chair for what can feel like an eternity! When just lying back- looking at the ceiling or TV, coupled with the natural reactions of a child feeling their teeth being worked on or their mouth being stretched or then having a gag reflex, you’ve got yourself a very bumpy dental intervention or experience! To make the procedure go as smooth as possible, your doctor may recommend sedation for your child.

Your doctor will collaborate with you to determine whether nitrous oxide or general anesthesia is the best option for your child. These brief explanations will help you understand what each option entails and the instances for which they are best suited.

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)*

You may have had laughing gas at your own dental appointment. The same gas is used for children, at a dosage appropriate for your child’s age and level of anxiety. The child breathes in the sweet-smelling gas, mixed with oxygen, through a nasal hood (rubber nose). The patient soon begins to feel calm and silly! Sometimes a feeling of floating or being weightless is experienced. Nitrous oxide reduces the patient’s ability to sense mental or physical discomfort- time seems to pass quickly and the effects subside when we stop administering the gas (at that time, the patient then breathes in only oxygen through the nasal hood).

Nitrous oxide is best suited for children who need a little help to feel comfortable, be compliant and sit still long enough to safely complete a dental procedure. The child stays awake and can easily respond to questions and directions.

*Please note there may be an additional fee charged for nitrous oxide if your insurance does not offer it as a covered benefit.

General Anesthesia

Typically, your dentist will recommend general anesthesia for your child, due to the young age of a patient, high anxiety, special needs, certain medical conditions and/or the amount of treatment required. Treatment performed under general anesthesia renders your child asleep, which allows for a pain-free and atraumatic dental visit. All needed dental treatment will be performed at this one visit.

If your child needs to be completely asleep under general anesthesia, it is either performed at an outpatient surgery center/hospital or in-office using highly trained pediatric anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists who administer the general anesthetics. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Academy of Anesthesiologists to ensure the utmost safety and care of your child.

Call to Learn More

To discuss sedation dentistry for your child, call us at (614) 870-1333 and/or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill. We also accept referrals from medical or dental offices for dental treatment under general anesthesia. Our pediatric dental office serves patients from Hilliard, Galloway, Grove City, Dublin, West Jefferson, central Columbus and other nearby communities.