Childrens Dentistry

At Shell Cove Dental, we recommended children as young as 1 years of age to be brought to the dentist for early assessment of habits such as bottle-feeding and thumb sucking. This ensures that our dentists can work with parents in eliminating such habits early and getting children familiar with dental environment.

The consultations are generally brief for young children, however they become more thorough as the child grows older and we can carry out comprehensive exams and cleanings.

We pride our clinical practice on prevention and oral hygiene and we strongly believe that these practices taught early to children can mold into their daily lifestyle.

 

First Dental visit

First visit to the dentist can be a little scary for young children. At Shell Cove Dental we ensure that your child becomes familiar with the environment and we encourage parents to bring them along to their regular check-ups.

Waiting room and In chair relaxation

While your children are waiting, they can try out some amazing dental activities and fun exercises on our iPad docking stations in waiting room. This will help them familiarize themselves with brushing techniques and diet every time they come to dentist.

Our clinic chairs are specifically designed with little one’s in mind. We have Televisions installed on roof to help distract young anxious patients while they get treatment in dental chair.

Fissure sealants

What is a tooth fissure?

Teeth have grooves and fissures embedded naturally onto their biting surfaces. Some Fissures and grooves can be naturally deep, attracting plaque and bacteria to get caught. Toothbrushing alone cannot reach deep enough into the grooves, hereby leaving plaque undisturbed and causing a cavity.

What is a Fissure sealant?

Fissure sealant is a preventative dental treatment, commonly used for children and sometimes adults too. Fissure sealant is a protective coating that is applied on top of these fissures, making them smooth and plaque retentive.

The benefit of fissure sealant is that there is no drilling involved (painless) and the procedure normally involves the dentist cleaning the fissures, followed by placement of fissure sealant coating. This makes the procedure comfortable and relaxing for the young children to tolerate in dental chair.

Happy Gas (Relative Analgesia)

We understand dental appointments can be scary for little one’s, therefore we have happy gas readily available for anxious young children.

We offer the following Conscious Sedation options that may help you relax during your appointment:

Happy gas (Relative analgesia)

  • Safe and comfortable
  • Reversible: patient can drive after procedure
  • Induces feeling of calm and comfort
  • Reduces stress and anxiety associated with dental phobia/fear
Child Dental Benefit Scheme

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule by the Australian Federal Government provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 to 17 years.

The Dental services have a limit of $1000, which can be claimed over 2 consecutive calendar years for a range of services. For more information regarding CDBS scheme, click here

To be eligible the patient must be:

  • Aged between 2 and 17 years
  • Suitable under the Medicare Benefits Scheme
  • Bea member of a family receiving payments under the Australian Government Family TaxBenefits
How do I know if my child is eligible for CDBS scheme?

If you re unsure about your eligibility, you can call medicare directly on 132 150.

What does CDBS cover ?

Child dental benefit scheme covers general dental items, such as dental examinations/check-ups, cleaning, X-rays, Fillings, Extractions and preventative treatments such as Fissure sealants.

CDBS does not cover some items, such as Orthodontics or Cosmetic dentistry.

To enquire or make an appointment, please call 02 8599 9802 or contact us by email