Pediatric Hospital Dentistry
If your child cannot receive dental care in a traditional dental office, our practice offers gentle and effective dental care to infants and children and those with special needs in the nurturing environment of local out patient surgery centers.
Our doctors have the distinctive ability to understand the specific needs of children who need dental care but cannot cooperate for safe dental treatment. Through hospital dentistry, you can eliminate the struggles and trauma that can lead to a lifetime fear of dental treatment for your child.
Is hospital dentistry right for my child?
Pediatric hospital dentistry services are ideal for:
- Physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged children who are unable to hold still for detnal treatment
- Children who have a severe gag reflex
- Children with complex medical conditions that make it unsafe to receive dental care in an office situation
- Children who have allergies to local anesthetics or experience difficulty achieving numbness
For these situations, the use of general anesthesia may be the best option for your family.
General anesthesia will put yoru son or daughter into a deep sleep. He or she will be unable to feel pain or move around. General anesthesia for dental procedures can be provided by an anesthesiologist or dental anesthesiologist. These professionals are trained to deliver medication, monitor the patient during the procedure, and handle any complications that may occur. This is basically the same procedure as our in-office IV Sedation. However, this procedure is performed in an out patient hospital facility with an anesthesiologist present.
To prepare your child for general anesthesia, follow the guidelines given to you by our office regarding food and fluid intake before and after the procedure. Discuss the procedure with your youngster using simple terms that he or she can understand or allow us to help you throught the communication process.
Let your child res quietly at home after th procedure. He or she will probably be ready to rsume nomral activities the very next day.