Should my child get sedation dentistry? Is it safe?
When it comes to getting certain dental procedures, the goal of our South Miami pediatric dentists Dr. Mario Martinez, Dr. Rebecca Lenard and Dr. Danielle Fernandez is to make sure that your child feels comfortable and at ease in the dental chair; however, we also know that having to undergo certain procedures can make kids nervous. That’s why we also offer sedation dentistry, a safe and effective way to help take the edge off the next time you child needs a filling, root canal or other dental procedure.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
The three most common types of sedation dentistry that we offer here in our South Miami pediatric dentistry practice are oral sedation, inhalation sedation and IV sedation. The type of sedation that is ideal for your child will depend on the level of anxiety they are experiencing as well as the type of procedure they are undergoing. Oral sedation may take 20-30 minutes to kick in but can last for hours. Our dentist can also alter the dosage of oral sedation to provide everything from mild or strong sedative effects.
Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is another way to help keep kids relaxed. A mask is placed over the nose to deliver laughing gas to our little patient. Results are usually felt in just five minutes. Once the procedure is complete and the mask is removed the effects of this sedation quickly go away.
IV sedation is typically used in more serious dental procedures such as removing wisdom teeth or performing jaw surgery. This type of sedation is administered through an IV in the child’s vein, and it will put the patient to sleep throughout the procedure.
When Sedation is Used
While sedation dentistry is often used to keep kids feeling calm and relaxed during a dental procedure it can also be used,
- To make children more comfortable, especially children dealing with musculoskeletal disorders and conditions that may make it more difficult to sit in one position for long periods of time
- To calm children with special needs and sensitive gag reflexes
- To improve the speed and efficiency of the surgery or dental procedures since distractions due to fear, anxiety or agitation are eliminated
- When a child requires multiple procedures at once or has to undergo a long procedure
If your child has an upcoming dental procedure that has them feeling nervous then you may want to talk with our South Miami dental team about whether sedation dentistry is right for them. Call South Miami Pediatric Dental Assoc at (305) 666-2068 to schedule a consultation or to ask about sedation dentistry for your child.
Hospital dentistry may offer a good solution if your child needs extensive dental treatment, has difficulty sitting still, or has special needs. Here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, your pediatric dentists, Drs. Mario Martinez and Rebecca Lenard can help you decide if hospital dentistry is right for your child.
How Does Hospital Dentistry Work?
Dental treatments are performed in the hospital while your child is sedated with general anesthesia or another type of anesthesia.
When Is Hospital Dentistry Recommended?
You and your child's dentist will decide if hospital dentistry is the best option during your visit to the South Miami dental office. Hospital dentistry may be a good option if:
- Your Child Needs Multiple Dental Procedures: Young children may find it difficult to handle several appointments that involve lengthy dental procedures. Thanks to hospital dentistry, all of the treatments your child needs can be done at the same time.
- Your Son or Daughter is Uncooperative: If lack of cooperation is an issue, your child's dentist may suggest hospital dentistry.
- Gagging is a Problem: Traditional dental treatment may be impossible if your son or daughter has a highly sensitive gag reflex.
- Your Child is Extremely Fearful: Dental treatments can be very stressful if your child has a dental phobia. When your child is sedated during treatments, he or she won't remember anything about the procedure.
- Your Son or Daughter Needs a Root Canal or Another Complicated Procedure: Many children can only stand so much time in the dental chair. If a complicated procedure takes longer than your child can tolerate, hospital dentistry may be the best choice.
- Allergies Prevent the Use of Local Anesthetic: If your child has had a reaction to local anesthetic in the past, their dentist may recommend a trip to the hospital for dental treatment.
- Your Son or Daughter Has Special Needs: Your child may benefit from hospital dentistry if he or she has certain diseases or conditions. These may include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mobility impairments and other health or behavioral issues.
Hospital dentistry can help your child receive the dental care that they need. Call your pediatric dentists in South Miami, FL, Drs. Martinez and Lenard of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, at (305) 666-2068 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.
These everyday habits could improve your child's oral health.
The key to maintaining healthy smiles in your children is to teach them good oral hygiene practices while they are young. After all, these habits will carry with them throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our South Miami, FL, board-certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, know that it will be easier to get your child to brush and floss if you make it more interactive and fun.
Here are some tips to keep your child’s smile healthy:
Make sure they are drinking water
Many kids simply don't drink enough water! If you want to support healthy teeth and gums, you’ll want to keep your child hydrated. A rule of thumb is to make sure your child is drinking as many 8-ounce glasses of water a day as their age. For example, if your child is five years old, they should be drinking five, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Active children may also require more water. Drinking water is chock full of fluoride, which can also keep teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming.
Brush twice a day
Make sure that you are brushing your child’s teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time. In the beginning, you’re going to have to brush their teeth for them until they are able to do this themselves; however, you can also use this time to educate them on proper brushing techniques, so that when it comes time for them to brush their own teeth, they already well equipped for the task. If you have questions about how to brush your child’s teeth or the right tools for the job, don’t hesitate to ask your South Miami, FL, Pediatric dentist.
Snack in moderation
It is important that your child is receiving all the vital nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Of course, snacking too much throughout the day can increase plaque buildup, which can also increase your child’s risk for cavities. Therefore, limit snacking to 2-3 times a day, and avoid sugar-laden, processed snacks like gummy bears and potato chips. Instead, opt for smile-friendly choices such as apples, hummus, yogurt, and raw veggies.
Visit the dentist
While our South Miami, FL, practice is temporarily closed due to coronavirus, our pediatricians can still provide emergency care for children dealing with serious and urgent matters. Just call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068. Keep practicing these oral hygiene habits together as a family to keep dental problems at bay.
Does your child fear visiting the dentist? Find out how sedation dentistry could make it so much easier.
Does your child have a bit of difficulty during their dental visits? Here at the Miami office of dentists Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, we offer sedation dentistry to children who are nervous about these appointments.
Read on to learn how sedation dentistry can make it easy for children of all ages to feel more at ease and receive more efficient care.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is one way that our South Miami family dentists are able to help children of all ages feel more comfortable when receiving dental care. Sedation dentistry won’t put your child to sleep, but it will help them feel more relaxed during their visit. In some cases, children may even fall asleep during their procedure. The most common types of sedation dentistry include:
- Oral medication: This anti-anxiety pill is given to your child about 30 minutes to one hour before their procedure. This medication will help them feel more relaxed and calm throughout the procedure; however, the medication’s effects can last several hours.
- Nitrous oxide: Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an easy way to help kids feel more calm and collected. Nitrous oxide will be administered to your child throughout their procedure. Once the procedure is over, the mask is removed and the effects of this type of sedation will wear off quickly.
For surgery and more intensive procedures we also offer intravenous (IV) sedation.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
As you might imagine, making a trip to the dentist an easy one for your child offers tons of benefits for you, your little one and even your dentist. Some of these benefits include:
- A relaxed, easier, and stress-free dental procedure for your child.
- Your child is able to receive the dental care and treatment they need for a healthy smile.
- Providing a physically more comfortable setting for children with special needs and physical limitations (sedation dentistry can also reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and other issues associated with lying in a dental chair).
- Experiencing a faster and more efficient dental procedure since your dentist may be able to accomplish more while your child is relaxed. This could result in fewer trips to the dentist’s office and less work needed.
Interested? Give us a call
Interested in learning more about pediatric sedation dentistry and how our South Miami general dentist could make your child’s next dental procedure or cleaning a breeze? If so, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068.
Hospital dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry for patients who need to receive dental care in a hospital type setting. Hospital dentistry is particularly beneficial for providing essential dental care to children with severe anxiety or certain conditions. In South Miami, hospital dentistry is available for children through South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. There, pediatric dental care is provided by Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard.
How Hospital Dentistry Helps
Hospital dentistry is an effective way to provide critical dental care to patients who are generally unable to tolerate dental procedures. When dental work is performed in a hospital setting, general anesthesia can be administered so anxious patients can sleep through the procedure.
In addition to helping patients with extreme anxiety, hospital dentistry is also beneficial to patients requiring extensive dental work but who cannot tolerate undergoing everything at once. Rather than scheduling multiple appointments, patients are able to endure completing all needed dental work at once when they can sleep through it.
Hospital Dentistry for Children
Children who experience extreme anxiety or discomfort during dental or medical appointments can benefit from hospital dentistry. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, our dentists can assess your child’s ability to tolerate dental treatment using the Frankl Behavioral Rating Scale. The scale was developed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to determine a child’s potential level of cooperation while undergoing dental treatment.
Children who are resistant to dental work, severely fearful or anxious, or demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate during treatment could benefit form hospital dentistry. Additionally, children with certain conditions can benefit from the more relaxed setting hospital dentistry provides. Hospital dentistry can benefit children with any of the following conditions:
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Special needs
- Severe anxiety
- Certain medical disorders
- Behavioral disorders
Hospital dentistry is an effective method for helping children receive essential dental care they could not normally tolerate in a traditional dental setting. To learn more about how hospital dentistry could benefit your child, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, at (305) 666-2068 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard.
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