Dental Services

First Visit

Preventive Dentistry

At Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry we place a strong emphasis on the prevention of dental disease (cavities and gum disease).  Through periodic evaluation of patients and identification of individual risk factors we will develop treatment plans and recommendations that are patient specific, making sure that we do our best to prevent dental disease and lead the patient to a lifetime of health smiles!

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the art and science of treating dental disease (dental caries, aka cavities) that is present.  This can involve dental restorations (fillings and crowns), nerve treatment, or extraction of teeth that have become affected by the caries process.  This process can be simple, only involving small areas on a one or two teeth, or it can be more extensive, often requiring full mouth rehabilitation.

Interceptive Orthodontics

There are many changes taking place in a growing child.  One of those changes is of course the loss of primary (“baby”) teeth and the addition of permanent (“adult”) teeth.  As a part of your child’s comprehensive continuing care plan, we will evaluate growth and development of their teeth and jaws at every appointment.  Sometimes minor problems in tooth positioning and alignment can be corrected early in development, possibly eliminating the need for extensive treatment later in life.  While interceptive orthodontics cannot always prevent the future need for full orthodontic treatment, in can help to decrease the severity if minor problems are identified and treated early.

Sedation/Hospital Dentistry

When dental treatment cannot be performed in the traditional dental office setting, alternative forms of treatment delivery must be considered.  Some reasons for considering alternative treatment methods include advanced stages of dental disease, behavior that will not allow safe and effective delivery of restorative dental techniques, and medical complexities that do not allow patients to receive dental treatment in the dental office setting.

Dr. Snyder holds staff privelages at Alton Memorial Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center for the purpose of providing dental treatment under general anesthesia.

Depending on the individual needs of the patient, several forms of sedation can be provided.

  1. Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia: also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is used in the dental office to help provide relaxation and decreased anxiety to patients during dental treatment.  Nitrous oxide delivered at therapeutic levels for dental treatment will not bring patients to an unconscious state, but many times patients become relaxed enough that they will fall asleep for a few minutes during treatment.  The gas is delivered through a mask that covers the patient’s nose and is administered throughout the treatment appointment.  Once treatment is complete, patient are allowed to breathe 100% oxygen for 5 minutes, returning them to their preoperative state.
  2. General Anesthesia: for patients who require deeper levels of sedation, dental treatment can be performed under general anesthesia.  This form of sedation/anesthesia is similar to that given if your child were to have tubes placed in their ears or have their tonsils and adenoids removed.  The anesthesia is delivered in a surgical center or hospital setting by a medical anesthesiologist.  This allows for increased patient safety, having one practitioner administering the medications providing the anesthesia and monitoring that patient while the dentist performs the necesssary dental treatment.  A comprehensive examination is required to determine if your child is a candidate for comprehensive dental care under general anesthesia.

Emergency Services

Dental emergencies can happen at any time without warning.  Riverbend Pediatric Dentistry is available to provide 24 hours emergency coverage for active patients in the practice.  See our Emergency Section for more information.