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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your child become nervous when visiting the dentist? At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, your dentists, Dr. Mario Sedation DentistryMartinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, understand those fears and can help your child (and you) feel more comfortable. At their South Miami office, this experienced and caring team know the whys and hows of sedation dentistry and will get your child the care that they deserve.

Dental anxiety

The Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology journal states that up to 20 percent of people in the US, both adults and children, suffer from dental anxiety to one extent or other. Some patients are so phobic they even bypass dental care altogether! This then causes extensive decay, gum disease and even systemic health effects.

Symptoms of dental anxiety include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Crying
  • Sweating
  • Expressions of fear and nervousness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to relax in the dental chair

When children have dental phobias, parents are impacted, too, as they strive to get their youngsters the care young teeth and jaws so crucially need. Sometimes, fear comes from a past bad experience with another dentist, or perhaps the child is a bit claustrophobic. Whatever the case, children take cues from parents—if Mom and Dad are relaxed, this helps the child.

Fortunately, South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates have the skill, experience, and compassion to make your child's dental visits comfortable. The entire dental practice is child-friendly, and the staff is specially trained to meet the needs of both fearful children and ones with special needs. This includes experience in sedation dentistry.

Types of sedation

Dr. Lenard and Dr. Martinez offer four kinds of sedation to meet your child's unique needs. They are:

  • Nitrous oxide: Also nicknamed "laughing gas," this inhaled sedative allows the child to feel relaxed, and even a little giddy. Administered through a nasal mask with adjustments as needed, laughing gas still allows the child to respond to questions and commands, and it wears off right away.
  • Local anesthetic: This typical "numbing shot" keeps the area around the treated tooth numb so that the child feels nothing during their filling or other procedure. The dentist preps the gums with topical anesthetic before injecting this medication, thereby avoiding any discomfort.
  • Oral sedation: Valium and Versed are common tranquilizing pills used at the dental office. They help the patient feel relaxed—somtimes so much that they even fall asleep! However, the child is easily awakened after the completion of treatments.
  • IV sedation: Administered through a needle in the arm, intravenous sedation generally allows a child to sleep all the way through treatments. Vital signs are fully monitored. This kind of sedation works well for lengthy and multiple procedures.

We can help

Your child can have a good experience at the dental office. Call Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard for a consultation on pediatric dental sedation, and put those fears to rest. Phone today: (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Hospital dentistry is a branch of dentistry for treating patients in a hospital setting who have special concerns or needs, such as severe Hospital Dentistryanxiety, autism, behavioral disorders, or certain medical disorders. Hospital dentistry makes it possible to use general anesthesia so patients can sleep through whatever dental procedures are needed. Anxiety, pain, and discomfort can all be avoided through hospital dentistry. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard are your pediatric dentists for hospital dentistry in South Miami, FL.

When Hospital Dentistry is Needed

Children and other patients with certain medical conditions or special needs are often able to benefit from hospital dentistry, which can help them feel more comfortable and secure than in a traditional dental practice setting. In South Miami, hospital dentistry is available for patients with the following conditions or concerns:

  • Autism
  • Severe anxiety
  • Special needs
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Certain medical disorders
  • Impairments in physical mobility
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome

Hospital dentistry is also beneficial for patients requiring extensive dental procedures, particularly in the case of children. Performing extensive dental work in a hospital setting makes it possible to administer general anesthesia so children can sleep through treatment. Sleeping through extensive dental treatment eliminates any anxiety, pain, or discomfort a child would otherwise experience during the necessary procedures.

Your child’s pediatric dentist can determine if hospital dentistry is appropriate for your child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has developed the Frankl Behavioral Rating Scale, which helps pediatric dentists assess a child’s level of cooperation with regard to dental treatment. Children who show signs of being uncooperative or even refuse treatment might benefit from hospital dentistry. Your child’s dentist can discuss the possibility of hospital treatment with you if your child is highly resistant to dental treatment or has special needs.

Hospital dentistry is an alternative for treating patients who have severe anxiety, special needs, or a specific condition that would make it challenging to perform important dental work. To learn more about hospital dentistry in South Miami and whether it is right for your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez or Dr. Lenard by calling South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
July 19, 2018
Category: Oral Care
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Anxiety about visiting the dentist usually starts very early in life. It is a significant problem because a lot of people of all ages avoid gettingsedation dentistry basic treatments just because they’re afraid of dental pain or discomfort. If your child struggles with dental anxiety, learn more about sedation dentistry and the specific options available at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL.

Types of Sedation
The most basic sedative is a gel that numbs the gums when you’re having your teeth cleaned. An injectable local anesthetic (Septocaine or Lidocaine) will completely numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue when getting a cavity cleaned. Some patients prefer to relax with nitrous oxide, and other patients may be candidates for oral medication. Deep sleep sedation or general anesthesia using an IV may also be an option for some patients who need more invasive procedures or have extreme anxiety. Other common procedures that call for sedation include root canals and wisdom tooth extraction.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Knowing that your child will be sedated may make it easier to get him or her to the appointment with your South Miami dentist. Sedation dentistry allows your child to breeze through the visit pain-free and relaxed. It also makes treatment easier for the dentist because there’s no need to pause at intervals due to discomfort. Sedation is also quick and easy to administer so the dentist can get right to work fixing the dental problem. 

Discuss This with Your Dentist
When there is a dental issue that may require sedation, be sure to consult your dentist about the options that are safe for your child. You must provide detailed information about your child’s medical background and history, a list of any medications, and allergies. The more prepared you are with information at the appointment, the better. The dental team at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates also offer special needs dentistry to help children with disabilities.

Get the Treatments You Need, Stress-Free
With sedation dentistry, you and your child can defeat dental anxiety and get the treatments that you need. Call (305) 666-2068 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mario Martinez or Dr. Rebecca Lenard at their office in South Miami, FL.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
August 25, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: sedation dentistry  

What your pediatric dentists in South Miami, Florida, want you to knowsedation dentistry

Visiting the dentist can be a scary experience for your child, but it doesn’t have to be. When you and your child visit the pediatric dental office, you will be immersed into a world just for kids, with kid-friendly decorations and toys. A caring staff will make sure you and your child are having a positive experience.

Despite all of the care and comfort, your child still might be anxious. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in. Your pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, Florida, want to help by providing state-of-the-art sedation dentistry for your child.

Sedation works wonders on dental anxiety for both children and adults, but it’s especially effective for children. Sedation will relax and calm your child, providing a comforting experience. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, you can choose from a variety of sedation methods for your child, including:

  • Oral sedation, which is taken as a pill or a liquid, depending on the age of your child; with oral sedation, your child will feel relaxed and drowsy during the appointment and for a few hours afterward. The administration of oral sedatives is easy and safe.
  • Inhaled sedation, which is a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture inhaled through a nosepiece; with inhaled sedation, your child will feel relaxed and comfortable. Inhaled sedation works quickly and leaves the body rapidly after the nosepiece is removed. Inhaled sedation can be combined with oral sedation to produce a deeper relaxation effect.
  • Intravenous sedation or IV sedation, which is a liquid sedative injected directly into the body through a vein; IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation during which your child will be asleep and not remember the appointment afterward.

For more information about sedation dentistry, please visit the pediatric sedation dentistry page on the website at

Sedation dentistry can help your child in many ways. Your child will be relaxed and comfortable, or even completely asleep for treatment. You don’t want your child to fear going to the dentist. A relaxed appointment sets the stage for your child to have successful appointments in the future. To learn more about pediatric sedation dentistry for your child call your pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, Florida today!

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Assoc.
February 29, 2016
Category: Oral Care
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Find out if sedation dentistry is the best option for your child’s next dental visit.


It can be a challenge to get your little one to visit the dentist, especially if they have multiple cavities or other issues. This may be a scary sedation dentistrytime for them because they don’t understand much about their upcoming procedure. However, there is a way that our South Miami pediatric dentists, Dr. Mark Webman, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, can ease their fears. It’s called sedation dentistry and it might be the best option for alleviating dental fears.


This might sound too good to be true, but sedation medication has made it easy for your South Miami children’s dentist to provide the dental care needed to maintain good oral health in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Whether your child needs to have a tooth filled or a tooth removed, anesthesia along with some form of sedation can help to ease their nerves and help them relax.


Sedation often comes in either a pill or inhaled form (however, sometimes IV sedation is also used) and can create anywhere from minor to deeper levels of sedation. Sometimes referred to as conscious sedation, many children can immediately enjoy calming effects by taking an anti-anxiety medication that we prescribe. This helps to greatly reduce their stress and anxiety during their procedure.


For children who need more invasive or time-consuming procedures we may opt for more moderate forms of sedation, like nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide is a great option as it immediately delivers sedative effects but will quickly wear off once it is no longer administered.


Of course, sedation dentistry is designed to reduce phobias and anxiety not pain, so your family dentist in South Miami will still need to administer a local anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment. But with sedation, this task is so much easier.


Since the effects of sedation may last a bit longer, especially if they are getting sedation orally or through an IV (used for dental surgeries like wisdom tooth extractions), your little one will most likely need to take the day from school and will need supervision.


Have questions about sedation dentistry or need to schedule your child’s next dental visit in South Miami? If so then call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates today.