We Are A Practice that Cares for You

Specially-Trained Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Michael Coppe and Dr. Carolyn Coppe are pediatric dentists who are well-trained to treat infants, children and adolescents. They have completed advanced courses in the specialty of pediatric dentistry at Boston's Children Hospital and at University of California, San Francisco, to obtain the skills and knowledge to treat children. They are able to provide a positive dental experience and to educate children on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene in order to help create a beautiful smile.

How You can be Valuable to Your Child's Dental Visits

To help foster a positive relationship with our office, we ask that you be a positive supporter in your child's dental journey. It is more beneficial if you wait for him/her in the waiting room during the appointment, for most children. This will help us build a trusting relationship with your child. By staying in the waiting room, your child will place their trust in us, and he/she will feel comfortable coming back to the office. Your body language (returning to the waiting room after your child is comfortably seated by our staff) speaks volumes to your child about the confidence that you have in them to cooperate and enjoy their dental visit. It is also a strong statement to your child about the trust you have in us to create a positive and caring experience for them. If you do want to be in the treatment area with your child, it's best that you are an observer. When we ask your child a question, please allow your child to answer. This will help create an open dialogue, and the child will feel comfortable talking to our dentists and staff!

Convenient Appointments

We try to schedule your child's appointment at a time that's convenient for you and your child. Please remember that certain times of the day may enhance your child's ability to cooperate and us to positively impact their dental experience. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Michael Coppe has found that younger patients are more focused in the morning. Appointments scheduled at the end of the day and after school are usually more difficult for your child because your child is tired at the end of the day and their ability to cooperate can be even more challenged. We will try to accommodate your scheduling needs as much as possible.

"Laughing Gas" for Anxious Patients

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with no less than 50% oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious children relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to us during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to ten minutes to help flush any remaining laughing gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some children may experience minor nausea. We will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Sedation Appointments

Some children need more than nitrous oxide to get through an appointment. In this case, we use an oral sedative in conjunction with nitrous oxide. We find that this allows for the child to relax during their dental treatment. We will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. We follow sedation guidelines set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and are appropriately licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Hospital Dentistry

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, or physical, psychological or emotional handicaps may require general anesthesia when oral conscious sedation isn't effective enough. For those children who cannot maintain or receive traditional dental care, hospital dentistry offers a compassionate, efficient alternative.

Hospital dentistry is practiced, as the name suggests, within the hospital. Dr. Carolyn Coppe is affiliated with Mass General Hospital, where she provides hospital dentistry.

If you have any questions about hospital dentistry or think that it may be necessary for your child, please contact us.

Eddie the Magician

To put a smile on our patients' faces, other than great dental work, we have Eddie the Magician come to the office every two weeks! Eddie has been performing magic tricks for over 20 years. He is always happy to see the children in our office.

To learn more about Eddie, please visit his website www.EddieRaymond.com/1.html!