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Trying to balance all the requirements of a child with special needs is immensely challenging for a lot of parents. In most cases, dental care is usually not a top priority due to the other pressing issues that require more time and resources. However, it is immensely crucial that you keep a close eye on your child’s oral health, as poor oral hygiene has been proven to be directly linked to poor overall health outcomes as well.
In this light, besides proper oral care habits and routine checkups and cleanings with your special needs dentist here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, Dr. Mario Martinez, Dr. Rebecca Lenard, or Dr. Danielle Fernandez, here are some handy tips to approach your child’s dental care.
Common Oral Health Conditions in Children with Special Needs
Genetic disorders, like Down syndrome, could result in delays, including teeth eruption. Kids with this disorder might likewise have congenitally missing or additional or malformed teeth. Misalignment and crowding, in general, could leave these kids more susceptible to decay and gum disease since their teeth are hard to clean. Also, kids with cerebral palsy or intellectual disabilities may refuse dental care or grind their teeth habitually, causing premature enamel wear and tear.
Gum disease and tooth decay could also be due to connective tissue disorders and an immunocompromised system. Further, medications for children typically contain lots of sugar, which can result in dry mouth, a risk factor for cavities. And don’t forget that these children will become adults one day, so it’s better to get start them off young with proper oral hygiene.
Working with a Special Needs Dentist in South Miami
People with special needs require oral care treatments just like everyone else. However, they’ll benefit more and be more cooperative with a dentist who’s had ample training and caters to people like them with unique challenges. When searching for a special needs dentist in South Miami, FL, you must find one who understands all the variety of challenges that special needs people face and knows how to accommodate those needs in the least stressful way possible.
Your special needs dentist could assess your kid’s specific challenges and needs to help you develop the most effective and suitable oral hygiene and treatment plan for your child. By working with a competent and experienced special needs dentist, you can implement a preventive dentistry plan to help avoid potential oral health problems, and treat existing ones before they become more difficult to manage.
Reach Out to Us to Learn More About Our Dental Services for People with Special Needs
Call (305) 666-2068 to arrange a consultation with one of our special needs dentist, Dr. Mario Martinez, Dr. Rebecca Lenard, or Dr. Danielle Fernandez, here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, today.
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.
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.
Does your child have dental anxiety? Instead of giving up on having healthy teeth and visiting the dentist, maybe it’s time to consider sedation dentistry to help them ease their fears. Here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, your pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, offer IV sedation as a way to accommodate excessively nervous patients—read on to learn more!
What is IV Sedation?
IV or intravenous sedation is a procedure that allows your child's dentist to provide anti-anxiety medication, like those used in oral sedation, directly into your child's bloodstream. Your child will remain awake the entire time and will be able to respond to the dentist’s questions. However, your child may not remember much of anything once the medication wears off.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
The procedure involves inserting an ultra-thin needle into a vein, usually on the top of the patient's hand. The sedative is administered through this tube so it goes directly to the patient's bloodstream. The IV stays in the patient's vein during the entire procedure, putting them into a state of deep relaxation that is more potent than oral sedation or laughing gas.
What Medication is Used?
IV sedation uses benzodiazepines to reduce fear and anxiety during the dental procedure. The most common medications used are Midazolam and Diazepam. As anti-anxiety medicines, they’re designed to relax patients and make them sleepy.
How Safe is This Treatment
IV sedation is extraordinarily safe when administered by qualified dental practitioners, such as the pediatric dentists here at our South Miami office.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Sedation dentistry reduces dental anxiety so that your child can receive the care they need without fear. Don't wait! Call Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at 305-666-2068 today to schedule your child's next checkup with our pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard.
It's estimated that up to 20% of American adults feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Pediatric dentists like Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard of South Miami Pediatric Dental Association understand that their young patients are at risk for developing dental anxiety that can last a lifetime, which is why they offer sedation to make the experience easier for everyone. Read to learn more about sedation dentistry in this post.
What is dental anxiety?
Anyone who feels uncomfortable about going to the dentist - with sweaty palms, a racing heart, or an upset stomach - is likely dealing with a degree of dental anxiety. These fears often stem from a prior bad experience, concern about pain, or embarrassment about oral health. For children, it may simply be an unfamiliar environment that triggers feelings of dread. However dental anxiety manifests itself, your South Miami pediatric dentist can help keep it at bay with sedation dentistry.
How does sedation dentistry work?
Your South Miami pediatric dentist offers a variety of techniques for helping your child calm his or her fears about dental procedures. For milder instances of dental anxiety, there are medications that can be taken orally; these help to relax the patient and wear off after about four hours. Other methods of sedation dentistry include inhalation of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, or intravenous (IV) treatment with tranquilizers. With the latter, the patient is awake and able to respond to instructions, but remains very relaxed while the IV is in place. Most patients remember very little, if anything, about their procedure once the IV is removed.
Regardless of your child's dental needs, we're here to make the experience comfortable and simple. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard, contact South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL, today.