Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored are designed to mimic the color and texture of natural teeth so that the fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are a good option because they can allow your child to smile, talk, and eat with confidence. However, tooth-colored fillings are not for every tooth. If your child is in need of a filling, Dr. Hudkins will advise you as to whether or not a tooth-colored filling is the right option depending on the location of the tooth or the chewing surface.

24-Hour Emergency Care

We know that dental emergencies don't always happen during office hours. That's why we have 24-hour emergency care for children and patients of record. A doctor is on call every hour of the day, and if you call the emergency number at any time you'll be put in touch with the doctor who will be able to determine what course of action to take. Our office provides same day treatment if needed.

Smile Zone Emergency Number: 417- 883-5866

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide can be used to relax the child. This mild, odorless gas is breathed through a small nosepiece while the child remains awake and able to communicate throughout the dental treatment. It is a very safe and effective technique.

Conscious Sedation

This is an excellent way to provide dental treatment to very young children, fearful children, and children with numerous dental needs. In Conscious Sedation, a liquid medication is taken by the child before Dr. Hudkins begins dental treatment. The medications are given to reduce fear and anxiety and may cause drowsiness or sleep, but the child will remain conscious throughout the appointment. It is used along with nitrous oxide to provide a more effective relaxation than nitrous oxide alone.

For safety reasons it is very important that your child refrains from eating or drinking 4 hours prior to their appointment. We recommend morning appointments for oral sedation, and the visit usually lasts around 2 hours including recovery time.

General Anesthesia

In order to determine the best plan of action, anesthesia will not be administered at the first visit, and will require a separate appointment. Anesthesia is most often recommended for young children with extensive dental needs that would otherwise require multiple conscious sedation appointments. It is also recommended for very young children, children with medical conditions, and children with special needs. The child is put to sleep by an anesthesiologist or anesthetist in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Dr. Hudkins then provides all the necessary dental treatment while the child is asleep. After a short recovery period, the child returns home the same day.