Get Ahead with Your Child’s Oral Health at Red Balloon Dentistry for Children in Austin, TX

Welcome to Red Balloon Dentistry for Children, your family-friendly destination for comprehensive dental care in Austin, TX. At the heart of our practice is Dr. Taran Bhatia, a dedicated professional passionate about shaping young smiles.

We Love Working with Children

At Red Balloon Dentistry, we create a warm, inviting atmosphere that leaves kids feeling comfortable and parents confident. Our team has a knack for connecting with children, making each visit more than just a checkup — it’s an experience that fosters lifelong dental hygiene habits. Some of the services we provide are:

Cleanings & Exams

Regular cleanings and exams are vital to maintaining your child’s oral health. Our gentle approach and friendly staff help make these appointments positive, fostering a healthy relationship between your child and dental care.

Fillings Made Friendly

Nobody likes the thought of getting a filling, especially kids. But with Dr. Bhatia’s gentle touch and patient demeanor, even fillings can be a breeze. We’ll explain the process in kid-friendly terms to alleviate any worries and ensure your child’s comfort.

Orthodontic Screenings

Early detection of orthodontic issues can make treatment simpler and more effective. We provide thorough screenings to identify any potential problems and discuss the best course of action for your child.

Near You and Ready to Assist

Whether you’re dealing with an emergency or it’s time for a routine checkup, Red Balloon Dentistry for Children is here for you. Our practice is conveniently located in Austin, TX, making it easy to access top-quality care.

Call Today to Schedule an Appointment

Your child’s smile is precious, and we’re committed to keeping it healthy and vibrant. If you’re seeking the best care for your child’s teeth, look no further. Give us a call at (512) 817-4940 to schedule an appointment. At Red Balloon Dentistry for Children, we don’t just treat children; we treat them like family.


Our dental team is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems.

In addition to providing thorough cleanings and exams to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, the dentist will assess your child’s teeth alignment and determine if there is enough room for the arrival of his or her permanent teeth.

Red Balloon Dentistry for Children also offers several crucial preventive services to further ensure optimum dental health. These include X-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and orthodontic care coming soon!

Red Balloon Dentistry for Children offers parents the following tips:

Brushing teeth

Make it a game, brush along with your child, do whatever it takes to make he or she brushes for two minutes twice a day and flosses daily.

Thumb-sucking and pacifiers

Babies suck for comfort which is completely natural and won’t harm their oral health. However, by the time a toddler’s front teeth start to break through the gums, sucking should be stopped. It can cause issues with growth and teeth alignment.


Pain from teething can be alleviated by gently rubbing your baby’s gums with either a clean finger, cool small metal spoon, or wet gauze. A teething ring may help as well.

A balanced diet

Good nutrition — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean sources of protein (meat, poultry, fish, and eggs) and dairy products — are crucial for proper bone, gum, and teeth development. Also, be sure to limit sugars and starches which promote tooth decay.

For more tips on taking care of your child’s teeth or if you want to schedule an appointment for your child, call the office at 512-817-4940


Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen – or what you may know as laughing gas – to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, and it is quickly eliminated from the body and it is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and maintains all of their natural reflexes.

Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may become quite drowsy and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

There are a variety of different medications that can be used for conscious sedation. Your dentist will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment plan. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific medicine we plan to administer to your child.

Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that do not work well under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed. Our office offers in-office General Anesthesia. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, the benefits of this treatment greatly outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of driving a car. If this is not chosen, your child risks having multiple appointments, and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

Book your child’s dental checkup today for a lifetime of healthy smiles!