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Many children suffer from serious and potentially painful, dental disease. Unlike such health conditions as colds or flu, dental diseases won't go away on their own.

Most children do quite well for minimally invasive dental procedures. However, every child responds differently in the dental office. Some kids may be extremely anxious or defiant when it comes to treatment.

Often additional medications are needed to help kids to become comfortable and cooperate to accomplish the treatment. Also, some kids require a very complex dental treatment that is best accomplished under the sedation or general anesthesia.

Without treatment dental disease can adversly affect nutrition, growth, and development of your child. The untreated baby cavities can lead in your child to a systemic spread of infection, and possible hospitalizations.

To avoid the risks of dental surgery for your child, make sure your child won't need it! The earlier your child sees a pediatric dentist, the better your chances of preventing dental problems. Pediatric dentists and Pediatritians recommend first dental visit NO later than the child's first birthday in order to prevent serious oral conditions that may require complicated treatment later on.

Your Sedation Appointment!

If your child was recommended any of the above treatment modalities it is very important that you:

  • Inform us of any changes in your child’s health and medical history
  • Follow the preoperative instructions including fasting requirements given by your Pediatric Dentist and/or Anesthesiologist diligently
  • Follow the postoperative instructions given by your Pediatric Dentist and/or Anesthesiologist

Nitrous Oxide

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, but without putting them to sleep.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medications to assist the child to cope with fear and anxiety and cooperate with dental treatment.

Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children and is often helpful for some children who have special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments.

There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will discuss the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations.

Sedation is safe when administered by a trained pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your pediatric dentist will discuss sedation options and patient monitoring for the protection of your child.

In order to alleviate potential anxiety in your child, your pediatric dentist may recommend minimal discussion of the dental appointment with your child. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment. It is very important to follow the directions of your pediatric dentist regarding fasting from fluids and foods prior to the sedation appointment.

Your pediatric dentist will not discharge your child until the child is alert and ready to go. We have a special recovery room to keep your child until time of discharge. Children who have been sedated are usually requested to remain at home for the rest of the day with adult supervision. Our doctors will discuss specific post-sedation instructions with you, including appropriate diet, physical activity, and requested supervision.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a management technique that uses medications to cause the child to become unconscious and asleep while receiving dental care. It is provided by a physician or dentist who has special training in anesthesia.

Children with severe anxiety and/or inability to cooperate are candidates for general anesthesia. These children may be young or have compromised health or special needs. Young children who usually require extensive dental treatment and, therefore, cannot be treated under conscious sedation, are also best treated under general anesthesia setting. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administered by an appropriately trained individual in an appropriately equipped facility. Many precautions are taken to provide safety for the child during general anesthesia care. Patients are monitored closely during the general anesthesia procedure by personnel who are trained to manage complications, such as a Medical Doctor who is trained in anesthesia. Our doctors will discuss the benefits and risks involved in general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child.

In our office general anesthesia is provided by board certified anesthesiologists who have extensive training and experience with young children.