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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
August 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Some children (like adults) can experience fear and anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. Whether during routine oral care or a more extensive dental procedure, it is important that children feel comfortable and relaxed while they are visiting the dentist. If you feel that your child may benefit from sedation to reduce anxiety during dental visits, consider reaching out to Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves using mild to deep sedative medications for relaxation or even sleep during dental procedures as a way to avoid fear and anxiety that some children may otherwise experience at the dentist. Not only does a child's increased fear and anxiety affect their overall health and experience at the dentist, but it can also create a challenging situation for dentists to be able to complete oral care safely and effectively. As a way to give your child the best possible care and experience, many people turn to sedation dentistry for help.

Types of Sedation

Here are a few options for types of sedation that YOUR PEDIATRIC DENTIST may consider when choosing what works best for your child. The (3) common types of sedation include oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, and general anesthesia (GA).

With oral sedation the child drinks a liquid medicine (or swallows a small pill), your child will still be awake but experiencing increased relaxation and decreased stress.  Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is usually used in conjunction with oral medication.  Most children report having no memory of the visit. 

With intravenous sedation, medication is administered through a needle/IV in the arm, this procedure is usually completed by a pediatric anesthesiologist and provides a more moderate sedative effect. During this type of sedation, your child will usually be asleep.

With general anesthesia, this type of sedation is done at a hospital by an anesthesiologist and his/her team.  Your child will be completely asleep throughout the procedure.  Our doctors have been on staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for many years.

Where To Go For Sedation Dentistry

If you are interested in working with Dr. Martinez and Dr. Fernandez to reduce your child's anxiety during dental procedures, consider sedation dentistry at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. Our team will work with you and your child to create a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. Please give us a call today at (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
March 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Sedation dentistry, one of the options available at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, can be a good choice for children who are fearful during dental visits or find it difficult to remain still during treatments and exams. Your pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez can help you decide if sedation is right for your child.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using medication to help your child feel calm during a visit to the South Miami dental office. Common types of sedation include:

  • Oral Sedatives: Your child drinks an oral sedative at the office and within 15-20 minutes he/she will start to feel calm and a little sleepy.
  • Inhalation Sedation: Before a dental treatment or an exam begins, the dentist places a small mask over your child's nose. The mask delivers a steady flow of nitrous oxide, commonly called "laughing gas." Although your son or daughter is aware of everything going on around them, he or she will feel much more relaxed than usual.
  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation: During this type of sedation, which is administered by a pediatric anesthesiologist and his team, medication is delivered through an IV line placed in your child's arm. Although your son or daughter will be awake, he or she is unlikely to remember anything about the dental treatment or visit.


In some cases, general anesthesia may be required, this level of sedation is always done in a hospital setting.

Is sedation a safe option for my child?

Sedation dentistry is safe for many children. Before sedation can even be considered, the dentist reviews the child's medical conditions and medications. If there is the potential for an adverse reaction based on this information, sedation dentistry won't be recommended.

Constant monitoring during the exam or treatment is crucial. According to sedation guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, at least two people who are trained to provide advanced life support measures must be present when deep sedation or general anesthesia is used. 

Could sedation dentistry make a trip to the dentist a little easier for your child? Call South Miami, FL, pediatric dentists, Dr. Martinez and Dr. Fernandez of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, at (305) 666-2068 to discuss sedation or schedule an appointment.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
September 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Services  

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.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

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.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
March 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Anxiety  

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.