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Gold River Special Needs Dentist

Dr. Pivnik is a passionate Gold River Special Needs Dentist. He is not only a special needs specialist but also a member of the Sutter Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies Panel in Sacramento, which has programs designed for children who:

– Were born with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other conditions

– Have tumors or injuries that affect their oral area

– Have missing teeth or other serious dental conditions

– Depending on the individual case, some of our young patients may be eligible for treatment under general anesthesia.

We strive to make dental care accessible for all children and will do our utmost to work with our families to do their end. This is why here at Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we have worked with children with different kinds of developmental disabilities, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism/Asperger’s syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Asthma
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Epilepsy

Our goal is to be your child’s “dental home” – the place where your child will receive all of his or her dental care, including preventive, maintenance, or when need be, urgent treatment. Book your appointment today for your child’s first dental check-up at Gold River Pediatric Dentistry.

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Gold River Dentist Offering IV Sedation For Kids & Teens

Are you looking for a Gold River dentist offering IV Sedation for kids and teens? Gold River Pediatric Dentistry has two highly skilled Anesthesiologists, experienced at offering safe and reliable IV Sedation for kids and teens.

Meet The Gold River Pediatric Anesthesiologists

At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we have two qualified and licensed anesthesiologists who work with Dr. Pivnik to provide pain-free oral health care and treatments to infants, children, and teens, including those with special healthcare needs, to ensure that they have a positive experience and receive the quality of care they deserve. 

Advantages Of General Anesthesia For Your Child 

The greatest advantage of putting a child to sleep while getting their dental work done is that they will not have any memory of a traumatic experience.

Dr. Pivnik is qualified to recognize the indications for the need for deep sedation and to render such care with the assistance of our anesthesiologists.

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Pediatric Orthodontic Services

What Are Pediatric Orthodontic Services?

Pediatric orthodontic services are appliances used to correct alignment and bite issues in children. Treatment options include fixed devices like braces, and removable devices like retainers and clear aligners. Unlike devices used in the past, today’s orthodontic devices are much smaller and lighter, and can even show less metal.

Orthodontics

When it comes to the appearance and health of children’s smiles, orthodontic care is essential. In fact, early orthodontic care can do more than just improve the look of your child’s smile. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, and are less likely to develop gum disease or tooth decay.

What Is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent dental irregularities. This includes crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and other conditions that affect the look and function of the face. A childrens orthodontist has completed several years of training in addition to dental school, allowing him or her to successfully correct dental irregularities in children and teens.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

A pediatric orthodontist aims to improve the look and function of a child’s smile by employing a variety of devices and treatments. Orthodontists are responsible for fitting fixed devices like braces, which use gentle pressure to move teeth into the proper position. When your child visits an orthodontist, he or she will receive a thorough bite and teeth assessment. Then, the orthodontist will determine which treatment will best enhance your child’s smile.

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It is best to have a dental home you can turn to, so that, in the event of a dental problem or emergency, your child is already familiar and comfortable with the dentist who will deliver the treatment.

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How To Promote Positive Dental Hygiene

It’s never to early to start promoting positive dental hygiene. Start using a soft child-size toothbrush around the age of 1 or 2. You should brush your child’s teeth with water at least twice a day. You also can add a small dab of toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride in it. This type of toothpaste is safe for your child to swallow. Once your child is old enough to spit out the toothpaste, you can switch to one that has fluoride. Only use a small amount. Teach your child to spread it among their teeth, gums, and tongue. 

Other ways to encourage proper oral hygiene include:

– Getting the right toothbrush – soft bristles, small head, and a long handle so it’s easy to reach all the teeth surfaces

– Using a pleasant toothpaste

– Teaching the proper brushing technique – using a gentle circular motion with the toothbrush placed at 45-degrees to the gum line

REGULAR DENTAL VISITS

Every individual has unique dental needs and risks, and visiting the dentist regularly will reduce the buildup of plaque through professional cleanings and help to identify any problems early for timely intervention. Depending on your child or teen’s needs, Dr. Pivnik may recommend various procedures.

For proper assessment of your child or teen’s dental care needs, please book your appointment at Gold River Pediatric Dentistry today.

SERVICES

  • INFANT TO TODDLER
  • CHILD TO TEENAGER
  • SPECIAL NEEDS DENTISTRY
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Why Primary Teeth Dental Health Is Important

REASONS TO TAKE CARE OF PRIMARY TEETH:

– They help in speech development.

– They promote healthy nutrition by aiding in chewing food properly.

– They facilitate the proper development of permanent teeth – infected baby teeth increase the risk of pits, stains, and weak adult teeth.

– They reduce the risk of expensive orthodontic treatment later on – decay or early removal of baby teeth can cause adjacent teeth to shift, limiting the space for the permanent tooth to set in and increasing the possibility of crowded or misaligned teeth.

– There’s lower risk for early childhood tooth decay, which refers to tooth decay in baby teeth due to poor dental hygiene, frequent intake of sugary or sticky foods/snacks, and the constant use of a sippy cup or baby bottle when feeding sugary beverages.


Cleaning your child’s teeth and gums properly and visiting your pediatric dentist regularly is the easiest way to keep his/her mouth healthy.

Early childhood decay and other dental problems are preventable. At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to create a pleasant dental experience for infants and toddlers that prepares them for a lifetime of dental visits, dazzling smiles, and perfect oral health.

Routine check-ups can make a difference in your kid’s life by practicing proactive, rather than reactive, dentistry. Don’t wait until your child is in pain or when there is a tooth problem. Visit us today for help keeping your child’s teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

SERVICES

  • INFANT TO TODDLER
  • CHILD TO TEENAGER
  • SPECIAL NEEDS DENTISTRY

Contact us here for more info on our pediatric dental services.

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How To Prevent Dental Emergencies During Lockdown

Since we are currently concentrating on emergency dental care until further notice, we wanted to remind you of the best dental health practices at home. 

Oral Hygiene At Home

Regular brushing and flossing is vital for keeping teeth clean and preventing gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral problems. Ideally, good dental practices should be established in early childhood. However, teenagers may forget to clean their teeth or do it hurriedly, using an incorrect brushing style or for less than the required 2 minutes, as they rush to attend to other things.

Additional Ways To Promote Dental Health At Home

– Getting the right toothbrush: Soft bristles, small head, and a long handle so it’s easy to reach all the teeth surfaces

– Using a pleasant-tasting toothpaste 

– Teaching the proper brushing technique: Using a gentle circular motion with the toothbrush placed at 45-degrees to the gum line

If you experience a dental emergency listed below, please contact us for help. 

What is a dental emergency?

1. A broken tooth with nerve exposure

2. Uncontrolled bleeding due to trauma

3. Facial swelling due to abscess

4. Acute pain due to infection

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What Is General Anesthesia

Patients who present special challenges related to their age, behavior, medical conditions or even sensory issues may need to be treated under General Anesthesia. At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we are trained and qualified to recognize the indications for such an approach and to render such care with the assistance of our anesthesiologists.

When a patient is a suitable candidate for General Anesthesia, we are proud to have two highly trained dental anesthesiologists on our team, who will provide the anesthesia in our office.

Dr. Pivnik will discuss all necessary steps that must be taken in order to promptly and safely complete your child’s dental treatment after this option has been chosen.

WHY GENERAL ANESTHESIA FOR YOUR CHILD?

The greatest advantage of putting a child to sleep while getting their dental work done is that they will not have any memory of a traumatic experience.

Some of the medications that are used actually help the child forget all about what happened during treatment. Also, once a patient is completely asleep, all treatment is done at once.

Please schedule your consultation to discuss your child’s dental treatment using the General Anesthesia option.

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Dentist Services For Special Needs Children

We are proud to provide regular dental hygiene and restorative care for medically compromised, autistic and children with developmental disabilities. Patients with disabilities and special needs often are in need of care above and beyond of that provided in a conventional dental office setting, which is why many dental professionals refer patients to us.

Dr. Pivnik and team have special training in working with and providing treatment to medically compromised children and special needs, always taking into account the comfort zone and scope of your child’s abilities.

At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we have worked with children with different kinds of developmental disabilities, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism/Asperger’s syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Asthma
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Epilepsy

Dr. Pivnik is passionate about working with patients with special needs. He is not only a special needs specialist, but also a member of the Sutter Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies Panel in Sacramento, which has programs designed for children who:

– Were born with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other conditions

– Have tumors or injuries that affect their oral area

– Have missing teeth or other serious dental conditions

– Depending on the individual case, some of our young patients may be eligible for treatment under general anesthesia.

Please contact us to schedule your special care dentistry appointment for your child.

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What to Expect with Toddler Dentistry in Gold River CA

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Toddlers are full of energy and curiosity which makes these years the best time to begin visiting the dentist. Your pediatric dentist understands the unique developmental phase of toddlers and will provide the best dental care to help your child feel comfortable during their visit. This fact is why many parents choose toddler dentistry with a pediatric dentist rather than visiting a general dentist.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Early childhood decay and other dental problems are preventable. With toddler dentistry, your dentist strives to create a pleasant dental experience for infants and toddlers that prepares them for a lifetime of dental visits, dazzling smiles, and perfect oral health.

Routine check-ups can make a difference in your kid’s life by practicing proactive, rather than reactive, dentistry. Don’t wait until your child is in pain or when there is a tooth problem. Make it a point to schedule routine dental exams to help keep your child’s teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

To learn more about the importance of toddler dentistry, contact your pediatric dentist in Gold River CA to schedule your child’s appointment today.

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Importance of Routine Dental Exams for Teens | Gold River CA

dental exam for teens

Most teens do not look forward to visiting the dentist for any type of procedure. This is why visiting a pediatric dentist can be an advantage for many families. A children’s dentist specializes in providing professional dental services unique to teenagers. Not only do they provide routine dental exams for teens but they also offer other services to help your child have a positive experience.

What to Expect During Dental Exams for Teens

Regular brushing and flossing are vital for keeping teeth clean and preventing gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral problems. Ideally, good dental practices should be established in early childhood. However, teenagers may forget to clean their teeth or do it hurriedly, using an incorrect brushing style or for less than the required 2 minutes, as they rush to attend to other things. This fact is why regular dental checkups are essential for your teen’s oral health and smile.

During your visit, you can expect your dentist to examine your child’s mouth for signs of gum disease or decay which may include x-rays. Your visit may also include a routine cleaning to ensure any tarter is removed from places regular brushing and flossing may miss. This is also a great time to ask your dentist any questions or voice concerns you may have noticed.

Schedule Your Teen’s Appointment

To help maintain your teenager’s oral health and beautiful smile, schedule their dental with your Gold River dentist today! We look forward to helping your children with all their dental needs.

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New patient information

At Gold River Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to make dental care accessible for all children and will do our utmost to work with our families to do their end.

Visit our patient information page to learn more about scheduling, appointments and consultations for your child. You can also access our online and offline patients forms for your convenience.

payments & insurance

Gold River Pediatric Dentistry accepts all major PPO insurance plans. You can find us in Network for Delta Dental PPO, Cigna and Metlife. As well as other major insurance plans.

If you aren't sure of your dental coverage, give us a call. We will kindly assist you in regards to your plan and work with you in estimating your dental benefits. We accept all major credit cards, & care credit.



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