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Using Sedation at the Pediatric Dentist

April 5th, 2021

If your child needs to undergo certain procedures, we may recommend sedation. We know lots of parents have questions about how sedation works. Here are some facts about pediatric dentistry and sedation.



Sedation refers to the use of relaxation techniques to accomplish more comfortable treatment. Sedation is used to make patients feel more comfortable and calm during treatment. The pediatric dentists at Northwest Children's Dentistry recommend sedation for things like major treatments, low pain tolerance, and sometimes for dental anxiety.

There are several different types of sedation. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative commonly used during dental visits. IV sedation, also called a sleep visit, involves putting the patient to sleep so they are unconscious during their treatment.

Sedation is safe and endorsed by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Our staff always takes the time to explain why we recommend sedation and will answer any questions parents have about its use.

As your child's pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to keep your child's smile healthy.  If you have any questions for our office, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children's Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children's Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.

Does Your Child Need a Tooth Filling?

March 23rd, 2021

Approximately 43% of kids ages 2 to 19 have cavities.  The best way to prevent your kid from having a cavity is to promote regular flossing and brushing.  But if your child does get a cavity, we may recommend a tooth filling.

The pediatric dentists at Northwest Children's Dentistry provides dental fillings in our Tucson office. Metal-free fillings are popular with patients, especially when the tooth if visible because of their ability to blend naturally with the rest of your child’s smile.

If we find a cavity in your child's teeth, we'll talk with you at your appointment about recommended next steps.  Our ultimate goal is provide your child with a lifetime of strong dental health.

As your child's pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to keep your child's smile healthy.  If you have any questions for our office, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children's Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children's Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.

Best Pediatric Dental Practices During COVID-19

March 10th, 2021

Many of our patients and families have questions about how we've changed our routines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a good question that we've spent almost a year thinking about and refining. We take our families' health very seriously, and we've taken every precaution to ensure you will have a safe experience in our office.



Some of the ways we've minimized the risk of COVID-19 at our dental practice include:

  • Seeing fewer patients: We've reduced our patient load so that we can maintain social distancing and less people inside our office at a given time.
  • More frequent, thorough cleaning: While we've always been strict about sanitizing our office, we increased the number of times we clean throughout the building, especially where families may interact.
  • Strict screening: We screen everyone who comes through our door every day, staff and families alike. We will re-schedule any patient we feel is has an elevated risk of having COVID-19.
  • Advanced air filtration: True-HEPA filtration systems are placed throughout our office for maximum coverage.
  • And lots more: You can read our full list of best pediatric dental practices we follow here.

As your child's pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to keep your child's smile healthy.  If you have any questions for our office, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children's Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children's Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.

Hulafrog's Most Loved Pediatric Dentist for 2021

February 16th, 2021

We are so excited to be voted Hulafrog's Most Loved Pediatric Dentist for 2021! Hulafrog is a national-local media company for parents. We connect parents to the best Tucson activities & resources for kids. Many families around Tucson voted for us for this honor. We're pleased to have your confidence.



As your child's pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to keep your child's smile healthy.  If you have any questions for our office, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children's Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children's Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.