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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
May 11, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: dental visits  

How sedation dentistry from South Miami can help your childdental visits

Your child deserves a comfortable dental visit, and you as a parent, want to make sure your child isn’t stressed out. It’s important to be relaxed yourself when you bring your child to visit the dentist, because your child will pick up on how you act.

Your dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, want to share the facts about another important way to ensure a comfortable dental appointment. They want to help you discover what sedation dentistry can do for your child.

There are many advantages to sedation dentistry for your child. Consider that sedation dentistry:

  • Allows your child to fully relax and forget about the appointment
  • Provides a more comfortable experience for you too
  • Allows your dentist to get more accomplished because your child is comfortable; this means less time out of your busy schedule and less anxiety about future appointments for your child.

There are several levels of sedation available, including:

  • Oral conscious sedation, which allows your child to be slightly relaxed but able to answer questions; this sedation is usually in pill form which can be swallowed or dissolved under the tongue.
  • Inhaled conscious sedation, which allows your child to be more deeply relaxed; this sedation is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide which your child will breathe in through a nosepiece. Inhaled conscious sedation can be combined with oral sedation to promote even deeper relaxation.
  • Intravenous sedation, which allows your child to be deeply sedated or asleep; this sedation is liquid medication delivered through an IV tube into a vein. Effects are immediate and profound.

Dental sedation is a safe and comfortable way to ensure a great experience for your child. Your child doesn’t need to suffer the anxiety of a dental appointment or the potential for discomfort from needed dental treatment. For more information about dental anxiety and sedation treatment please visit the pediatric sedation page on the website at

Don’t postpone your child’s necessary pediatric dental treatment. Call your dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Schedule a visit for your child by calling today!

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
February 24, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: dental visits  

Your child’s health and wellbeing are your top priorities. However, being uninformed in regards to your child’s dental health and being pediatric dentistryunaware of how pediatric dentistry works can be detrimental to your child’s oral and general health. Find out when your child should start seeing your South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates dentist in South Miami, FL.

When should my child start seeing their dentist? 
Children should visit the dentist for the first time when their first tooth erupts or they reach their first birthday. This rule of thumb ensures that your child’s teeth are healthy and clean, and also helps promote a positive relationship between the child and their dentist to quell any dental anxiety before it begins.

What can I expect at my child’s first dental appointment? 
The first appointment will act more as an introduction than a dental examination, though you can expect the dentist to take a look inside baby’s mouth. This appointment also serves as an important resource for you as a parent to ask questions and voice concerns you may have moving forward in caring for your child’s smile. Your child’s dentist will also talk with you about the proper way to care for your child’s teeth.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth in South Miami, FL
Caring for your child’s teeth at home begins well before their first appointment. As an infant, use a damp, soft cloth to wipe the baby’s gums after meals to remove bacteria. As soon as you see your baby’s first tooth, begin brushing it twice daily with a soft toothbrush. When the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin flossing between each tooth at least once a day. Finally, be sure to commit to a strict schedule of twice-yearly dental appointments for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on pediatric dentistry, please contact the pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your child’s dental examination and cleaning today!