Pediatric Laser Therapy in Arlington

Getting a dental procedure can be scary for kiddos, that’s why we offer a minimally invasive and virtually painless approach with laser therapy! Our high-beam laser reduces pain and time in the chair while minimizing the risk of infection after treatment.

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Why should I choose laser therapy for my child?

Laser treatment is more gentle, less invasive, and helps your child recover faster than traditional dental tools. Thanks to our state-of-the-art laser, we provide faster, simpler, and more precise treatment so your kiddo can get back to laughing, playing, and smiling. Get in touch today to learn more about the benefits of laser therapy!

Laser therapy for children

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Laser therapy can fix cavities without a drill!

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Stress-Free Sedation Options

No child deserves to struggle with fear or pain during treatment. Sedation options are an effective way to help your kiddo get the care they need without discomfort or anxiety. Talk to your child’s dentist to learn more about what sedation option will best fit their needs.

Biolase Epic

With state-of-the-art technology, your child will get painless treatment and spend less time in the chair. The Biolase Epic series of soft-tissue lasers means better care and more comfort for your child. From preventive care to minimally-invasive surgeries, Biolase is the industry standard.

Cold Sore Treatments

Is your kiddo dealing with a pesky cold sore? Our laser therapy treatment can quickly cure cold sores, reduce healing time, and can even keep cold sores from recurring in the first place.

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The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Improved Accuracy & Precision

Laser tools use extremely focused, precise beams of light to remove tissue from the gums, cheeks, and other areas of the mouth. They're much more precise than traditional tools, like scalpels, which enhances your child’s overall outcome.

Dramatically Reduced Pain & Bleeding

The high heat of lasers cauterizes (seals) tissue, blood vessels, and nerve endings on contact. This means that laser treatments are virtually pain-free, making it easier on your child’s mouth.

Faster Healing & Recovery Time

Since lasers are more accurate and precise and are less invasive than traditional dental tools, this adds up to a simpler, faster, and more comfortable recovery process after your child’s procedure. Your child will have a reduced healing period and be more comfortable every step of the way.

The Laser Therapy Process

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Initial Consultation & Diagnosis

To begin, we will have you and your child come in for a consult. There we will discuss their dental needs and if your child is a good candidate for treatment. We will create a personalized plan unique to your child’s individual needs.

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Laser Treatment

If we decide that laser therapy is the best option for your kiddo, they’ll come in for treatment. Since the procedure is generally quick and painless, sedation isn’t often used. However, we have the option available for children that are anxious or have special needs. We will conduct the treatment using our laser tools while ensuring you and your child feel comfortable through it all.

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Healing & Recovery

After your child’s appointment, we will give you instructions on aftercare, then send your child on their way to rest and recover. Usually, children can get back to their normal routine after only a day or two. However, it’s important to carefully follow any post-op instructions so that your child can heal safely and properly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When conducted by a licensed expert like Dr. Rai, laser therapy is a safe and well-tolerated procedure with minimal to no side effects. The advanced laser technology used in our practice is gentle on the tissues, reducing the risk of negative reactions. Dr. Rai takes every precaution to ensure the safety and comfort of your child during the procedure, making pediatric laser therapy a reliable and low-risk treatment option.

A typical pediatric laser therapy session is relatively short. While every treatment is different, most procedures usually only last a few minutes. Dr. Rai values your child's time and comfort which is why she has invested in this cutting-edge tool to provide quick, efficient visits.

Pediatric laser therapy is designed to be virtually painless for children. The advanced laser technology used ensures precision and minimizes discomfort during the procedure, creating a more comfortable experience for young patients.

Pediatric laser therapy can treat a wide range of dental conditions. It's often used to treat tooth decay by removing the damaged part of the tooth and preparing the surrounding enamel for a filling. Other conditions that can be treated with laser therapy include canker sores and tongue-ties. 

At Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Rai uses laser therapy to provide the highest standard of dental care for her patients. She understands the unique needs of her young patients and tailors her approach to ensure each visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Laser therapy offers a variety of benefits that make it a highly recommended treatment option for children. First, it's virtually painless, reducing the need for anesthesia and making dental visits less stressful for your child. The procedure is also quicker and more efficient, allowing for shorter appointments and less time off school or work. 

Plus, laser therapy promotes faster healing and reduces the risk of infection, as the laser sterilizes the area being treated. It also minimizes bleeding during and after the procedure. Finally, the precision of the laser ensures that only the targeted area is treated, which preserves the healthy surrounding tissues. 

Dr. Rai at Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry is a skilled practitioner of pediatric laser therapy in Arlington. She's committed to providing her young patients with the most advanced and comfortable dental care possible.

Pediatric laser therapy is an advanced dental procedure that uses laser technology to treat various oral health conditions in children. The laser is a high-energy light beam that can precisely target and treat specific areas in the mouth without affecting the surrounding tissues. This innovative approach to dentistry has revolutionized the way pediatric dentists, like Dr. Shwetha Rai, provide care to their young patients. It offers a less invasive, more comfortable, and quicker healing alternative to traditional dental procedures.

Since laser dentistry is still determined to be an elective treatment, most insurance plans do not cover laser treatments. However, it's important to check with your provider to get a better understanding of your coverage and benefits. The cost of treatment will vary based on your child’s individual needs, so we recommend scheduling a consultation to get a more accurate cost estimate.

No! Laser treatments are very comfortable and convenient. Plus, in most cases, anesthesia isn’t required! Since laser dentistry does not involve physical contact with the tissue of the mouth, numbing agents aren’t usually required. The laser pinpoint causes a cauterizing effect within the tissue, so there is typically very little bleeding after treatment. With laser dentistry, your child can quickly get back to their day-to-day routine.

Absolutely. Dental lasers are approved by the FDA and are completely safe when used by a trained dentist. Because the laser tool conducts such a precise procedure, there is a smaller chance of bacterial infection. This minimally invasive treatment also causes little to no bleeding for patients. When undergoing laser treatments, your dentist will take precautions to ensure your child’s safety, just as they would with any other treatment. Since laser tools emit a powerful light, they will give your child special protective glasses or goggles to shield your eyes. Laser dentistry is safer and more comfortable than many other traditional procedures.

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