Frequently Asked Questions
How safe are X-rays?
Modern dental x-rays are very safe. Our state-of-the-art digital equipment exposes your child to a much lower radiation level than traditional film x-rays.
The amount of radiation exposure a person receives by spending a weekend at the beach, living in a brick house all year, or flying on a cross country flight exceeds the amount of radiation exposure from our equipment.
How often do children need X-rays?
For most children, we recommend X-rays once a year. Since we recommend a dental exam approximately every 6 months, we usually take X-rays at every other dental exam.
My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still do X-rays?
Yes, most of the time we’re still able to perform basic dental x-rays, exams, and cleanings for children who have Special Needs. In fact, our dentists have a lot of experience with and enjoy working with kids who have special needs, including kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, children on the Autism Spectrum, and children who deal with dental anxiety.
We’ll do everything we can to help your child relax and get the dental care they need. In some cases, we recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedation dentistry options. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, please let us know. We want you and your child to be completely comfortable.
What if I don’t want to do X-rays? Is it optional?
As with any dental treatment we suggest, it’s your right to decide what you think is best for you, your child, and your family. We’re here to provide professional recommendations based on our dental expertise, but if you don’t feel comfortable with X-rays, we’ll respect your decision.
We never want our patients or their parents to feel uncomfortable or pressured into treatments they don’t want.