Norwest Paediatric Dentistry

Norwest Paediatric Dentistry

Norwest Paediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dentistry for your child in a relaxed and caring environment. We provide both specialist and general dental care with a team of Specialist Paediatric Dentists and Oral Health Therapists.

Our focus is aimed at making every visit for our young patients a positive experience and ensuring that good dental health will continue long into their future.

We believe the only way to create a healthy dental future is with a focus on preventive dentistry. We aim to minimise risk factors for decay from early childhood through to adolescence by helping you and your child to understand the importance of regular dental care, healthy eating and good toothbrushing habits.

What is a Paediatric Dentist?

Paediatric Dentists are specialist dentists who have completed 3 years of study in addition to their general dentistry training. During this time, training is provided under specialist dental and medical staff in various hospitals, allowing for a broad range of experience in the dental care of children.

As Paediatric Dentists we commonly look after patients with the following needs:

  • Children with complex treatment needs or extensive decay
    We are able to provide comprehensive care under nitrous oxide sedation in the dental chair or general anaesthesia as a short day-stay procedure. Enabling your child to cope well with their treatment is our highest priority, and will ensure they are happy to visit the dentist in years to come.
  • Children with medical and genetic conditions
    Many children with serious medical or genetic conditions require dental care in conjunction with other medical doctors and allied health professionals. Dental health impacts greatly on general health, and we understand the importance of an oral health care plan that is tailored to your child’s needs.
  • Management of dental injuries to both primary and permanent teeth
  • Management of children with dental conditions such as missing teeth, extra teeth, enamel defects and abnormal eruption of teeth
  • Children with anxiety or behavioural issues
  • Very young children
    We are happy to see children from birth for a variety of neonatal oral conditions, checking oral and facial growth and development, eruption of teeth, early guidance on when and how to brush for young children and nutritional advice for toddlers and young children to minimise decay risk in the future.

What is an Oral Health Therapist?

An Oral Health Therapist is university qualified (Bachelor of Oral Health) and able to treat children under the age of 18 years for general dental care. At our practice, Oral Health Therapists work with Specialist Paediatric Dentists as a team.

Many children in the community don’t need to see a specialist, but would enjoy and benefit from having their dental care carried out in an environment dedicated to children. For those children who simply require routine dental care, seeing an Oral Health Therapist is a cost-effective way to have access to all the benefits of a dedicated Paediatric practice, with a Specialist Paediatric Dentist on hand if your child needs additional care.

In general, Oral Health Therapists will see children who are able to have their dental treatment completed happily in the dental chair. This may include the following:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Scaling and Cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Mouthguards

Booking an Appointment

You do not need a referral to book an appointment with us. When you call to book your child's dental visit, please discuss your child's needs and previous dental experiences with our reception staff to help you decide whether your child should see our Specialist Paediatric Dentist or our Oral Health Therapist.

In general, we consider the following points:

  • If your child has been referred by another dentist
  • Your main concern regarding your child’s teeth
  • If your child is comfortable in the dental environment
  • If your child has struggled with dental treatment in the past
  • Your child is quite anxious, either generally or in the dental environment
  • Any special needs your child may have
  • Your preference

We are here to help, so please feel free to call our friendly staff who will do their best to answer any questions you may have and accommodate the needs of your child.

Costs

Costs listed are valid as of 30/6/12 and subject to change. Please call to confirm costs prior to your appointment.

Paediatric Dentist Health Fund Item
Initial consultation $160 017
Check-up $120 012
Cleaning (plaque) $60 111
Cleaning (tartar) $80 114
Fluoride $50 121
X-rays $45 022
Oral Health Therapist Health Fund Item
Initial examination $60 011
Check-up $45 012
Cleaning (plaque) $30 111
Cleaning (tartar) $50 114
Fluoride $30 121
X-rays $30 022
Fissure sealants $40 161
Mouthguard $130 151