At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, each child is special.
We cater our dentistry services to fit around your child’s unique oral health needs and personality. Dr. Richard Facko has years of experience serving families of all ages. His gentle and compassionate manner, coupled with his expertise and training, allows him to discuss dental matters with children in a way they trust and understand.
We begin seeing children as infants, right around the time of their first tooth eruption. This allows us to create a foundation for dental care right from the beginning. Because infants require specialized dental care, we like to see them early so we can go over the proper techniques to keep your child’s smile attractive and healthy.
- Child-Focused Dental Care
- Pediatric Services We Provide
- Unexpected Dental Trauma
- Keeping Your Child Comfortable and Pain-Free
- Pediatric Special Needs Dentistry
- Contact Us to Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment
Child-Focused Dental Care
At our Palos Heights pediatric dental office, we specialize in the dental care of infants and children. This gives us an advantage over other dentists because our experience with kids of all ages allows us to work with your child to provide care in a way that reduces their stress and anxiety.
We use advanced behavior guidance techniques to calm your child and help them relax in order to receive treatment. We provide professional child dental cleanings to keep your child’s smile healthy and white. A child with dental problems at an early age may experience pain, discoloration, or premature tooth loss. These consequences can be detrimental to their health as well as their self-confidence.
Regular dental exams and preventative care can prevent costlier, more invasive treatment in the future. Dr. Facko places emphasis on early treatment and prevention. Our child dental cleanings are geared toward kids and are intended to be a fun and interactive experience. We not only provide care for your child but also help to educate both of you in order to support their overall health.
When dental treatment becomes necessary, Dr. Facko will explain all your options to you in detail. Some of the most common procedures required by children are tooth-colored fillings and dental sealants. Tooth-colored fillings are necessary in the presence of caries (decay). Once the tooth decay is removed, a filling is placed to protect the tooth from food particles and bacteria.
Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the tooth to fill in deep grooves. They assist in the prevention of tooth decay and usually cost less than fillings (and are often covered by your insurance). Dental sealants can last up to five years and can be replaced if necessary.
Pediatric Services We Provide
Preventive dentistry helps your child to avoid cavities, tooth decay, tooth infections, and gum disease. Our special pediatric dental services can treat all levels of oral needs.
Some of our comprehensive children's dentistry services include:
- Preventative dental treatments like dental sealants and tooth-colored fillings
- Infant oral health for our youngest patients
- Pediatric restorative dentistry to treat cavities, decay, infection, and more
- Silver diamine fluoride to arrest and stop tooth decay
- Behavior guidance for treating dental anxiety and fear
- Orthodontic treatments to straighten crooked or overcrowded teeth
- Sedation dentistry like nitrous oxide to keep your child comfortable and relaxed
- Special needs dentistry to treat your child’s unique needs
Good oral health habits start as young as possible and can last for your child’s whole life. At Poplin Pediatric Dentistry, we put your child’s needs first to ensure their dental success.
We look forward to getting to know your family and growing with them!
Unexpected Dental Trauma
Kids love to play and have fun. Occasionally, an accident happens, and a child damages a tooth. Dr. Richard Facko is skilled at diagnosing and treating tooth trauma. His goal is to preserve the tooth and to maintain functionality. If your child experiences dental trauma, notify our office as soon as possible so we can keep your child comfortable and healthy.
If your child is active in sports or has a busy lifestyle, Dr. Facko may recommend a mouthguard to help protect their teeth and minimize damage in the event of an accident.
Keeping Your Child Comfortable and Pain-Free
At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we understand how critical it is to provide a comfortable and minimally invasive environment for our young patients. For children with anxiety, we may utilize sedation dentistry or general anesthesia to aid Dr. Facko during a dental procedure.
Children with extreme dental anxiety can make it difficult for Dr. Facko to safely complete a dental procedure if they move too much. Special needs patients may need extra attention in treating phobia and nervous behaviors. Dr. Facko can observe your child and recommend the most conservative approach in treating your child gently.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is an incredibly reliable and secure mild sedation therapy. After inhalation, your child immediately feels relaxed, and anxiety melts away. Once the dental procedure is completed, the mask is removed, and your child awakens quickly without any side effects or lingering grogginess.
Nitrous oxide is mild and safe, allowing your child to experience a dream-like state that will enable them to remain awake and communicative without any feelings of stress or fear. While they are aware during their procedure, they will be able to relax enough to allow Dr. Facko access to their mouth without any tension.
If your child fidgets often or has mild anxiety about getting a dental treatment, nitrous oxide is a popular sedative that helps with your child’s oral health procedures.
Pediatric Special Needs Dentistry
We love all our patients, including children who need a little extra attention. At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that everyone’s dental needs and treatments are different, and we are equipped to handle every level of care.
From mild impairment to more significant needs, we can create a customized treatment plan that addresses your child’s oral health needs and hygiene routine. Dr. Facko is highly trained in gentle and caring dentistry that all our patients love.
We form a team with parents to address home hygiene routines, regular dental check-ups, and compassionate, pleasant communication. Patients with special needs may need treatment beyond the scope of other patients, possibly due to impaired motor skills or communication challenges that make at-home care more difficult. Together, we can prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
If your Palos Heights child has endured dental trauma due to an accident, seizure, or another incident, we provide emergency dentistry to keep their smile strong and healthy.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment
When you’re looking for high quality, gentle pediatric dental care in Palos Heights, contacting us is an excellent choice for your child’s future. Our highly skilled and experienced dental team awaits your call so that we can make your child’s dental care a top priority.
We're involved in your community, and we proudly serve the areas surrounding Palos Heights, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Tinley Park, and Palos Park.
We are honored when patients choose us as their child's primary oral healthcare provider. We love watching our patients grow up and being an integral part of their well-being and future success. Good oral habits start young, and having positive experiences with dental procedures at an early age will promote good dental health in your child's future.