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Nitrous Oxide to Reduce Anxiety for our Dental Patients!!!

September 19th, 2014

Nitrous Oxide for pediatric dental patients is indicated for a fearful or anxious child, to reduce gag reflex and for improved effect of local anesthesia. The child is able to respond fully to verbal requests and there is minimal reduction in reflexes. The colorless, essentially odorless gas is inhaled through a nasal hood placed over the nose. Because the gas is breathed in through the nose, it may not be able to be used for a child who is crying or has strong avoidance behavior. Effects are evident within a few minutes and completely gone within minutes after the flow of nitrous oxide is stopped. Pure oxygen is breathed for five minutes after the procedure is completed. Nitrous oxide is extremely safe with no reports of any serious problems when used properly. A “fail safe” system makes delivery of too much nitrous oxide impossible. Fasting is not necessary prior to the use of nitrous oxide. A light meal two hours before is recommended. Nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects, but this occurs in only 0.5 percent of patients. Consent must be obtained from the parent or guardian prior to use.

Reference: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Guideline on use of nitrous oxide for pediatric dental patients. Pediatric Dentistry, 2013;35(special issue):200-204.

Dr. Jane Soxman Is a National Speaker, Please Follow Her Schedule On Facebook for Updates!

July 14th, 2014


“The Handbook of Clinical Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry”, edited by Dr. Jane Soxman, is currently being prepared for publication to be sold to dentists and sold worldwide.

2014 Lectures

Speaker for online Expert Dental                                                          Ongoing Web CE

Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries

East Texas Dental Society,  Tyler, Texas                                              Jan. 31


Mid-South Dental Conference, Memphis, Tennessee                           March 8


Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry, Greensburg, PA                      April 11

Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Trauma

Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When to Fold ‘Em


Ontario Dental Association,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada                         May 9

Medical Considerations for Pediatric Patients

Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When to Fold ‘Em


California Dental Association Anaheim, California                                  May 15,16,17

Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Trauma

Becoming the Pediatric Alpha Pup

Clinical Techniques in Pediatrics

Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When To Fold ‘Em

Workshop- Simplified Clinical Techniques for Primary Molars: Vital Pulp Therapy,

Esthetic and Stainless Steel Crowns


Washington State Dental Association,  Seattle, WA                                   June 13

Clinical Techniques in Pediatrics

Workshop: Simplified Clinical Techniques for Primary Molars


Rutgers School of Dental Medicine New Jersey   Newark, NJ                  Oct. 17

Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When To Fold ‘Em

Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Trauma


Connecticut State Dental Association,  Southington, CT                            Nov. 12

Tricky Decisions & Treatment Techniques in Pediatrics

Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Trauma


EZ-Pedo University Workshop: Pankey Inst. Key Biscayne, FL                 Dec. 5


2015 Lectures to date

Yankee Dental Congress                   Boston, MA                                       Jan. 3

Charles Sweet Pediatric Lecture       San Francisco, CA                            April 2

American Dental Association            Washington, DC                                Nov. 5-8


Procter & Gamble Speaker               Locations and dates to be determined


2016 Lectures to date


Chicago Midwinter Meeting              Chicago, IL                                            Feb. 25-17





Ceramic Crowns for Primary Molars: A Possible Alternative

February 6th, 2014

Ceramic Crowns for Primary Molars: A Possible Alternative
Jane A. Soxman, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Stainless steel crowns have been the restoration of choice for large cavities, or after a pulpotomy procedure, in primary (baby) molars until just a few years ago. Stainless steel crowns are sometimes referred to as “silver” crowns. They provide a durable and reliable restoration for primary molars.

BUT–Some parents/guardians may find the appearance of a “silver” crown unacceptable.

Zirconia crowns are biocompatible and metal (including nickel) free. They provide a durable, natural-looking alternative to the stainless steel crowns. These crowns are supplied in one universal shade, with some color added during manufacture to more closely match a natural tooth.

The downside….
Zirconia crowns are more expensive and require significantly more time to prepare the tooth for fitting the crown. Bleeding from the gum, due to anxiety or inflammation, may hinder the setting of the cement used to bond the zirconia crown to the tooth. With crying or inability to sit still and fully cooperate for the procedure, a stainless steel crown would be preferable; since the preparation of the tooth and fitting a stainless steel crown takes much less time.

SO– If cost is not an issue, if your child is cooperative and if his or her gums are healthy, a zirconia crown might be a perfectly beautiful choice!

Photo of zirconia crown on top molar and stainless steel crown on the bottom


January 14th, 2014

The Dog Ate My Retainer!!!!!!

Most any orthodontist would tell you that one of the most often heard problems from patients is that the dog ate their retainer. There seems to be something about the scent of human saliva that is incredibly appealing to dogs. I wonder, but has anyone ever heard the cat ate the retainer?……..

Keep your retainers in a cabinet or up high enough that the dog can not reach them in the case provided by Dr. Buzzatto.

Some other retainer tips:

Do not wrap your retainer in a napkin when eating,

Do not put your retainers in your pocket—they could go through the wash and then melt in the dryer.

Carry a case for your retainers with you. If you need another case, just ask us!

Your retainers belong in your mouth and not on the nightstand, where your dog can easily get them.

Keep your retainers clean and do not put them in your mouth for overnight use until after you have thoroughly brushed and flossed.

Your teeth may shift if you wait too long for a new retainer, especially if you have just completed your orthodontic treatment. Call our office immediately for your replacement retainer.

Orthodontist, Dr. John Buzzatto, provides comprehensive orthodontic care for children, teens and adults and pediatric dentist, Dr. Jane Soxman, provides comprehensive dental care from infancy through 21 years of age..

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