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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
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
August 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

It's estimated that up to 20% of American adults feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Pediatric dentists like Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. sedation-dentistryRebecca 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.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like your child to experience pediatric dental care at its best? Then, come to South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates where Dr. Sedation Dentistry ProcedureMario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard provide caring, knowledgeable services to the youngest of patients. For kids who are nervous about dental visits or who need complex procedures, this South Miami, FL, practice offers sedation dentistry for maximum comfort.

FAQs about Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry? For both children and adults, sedation dentistry involves administration of medications which eliminate pain and provide relaxation. This service helps the anxious patient get through fillings, extractions, and even cleanings, if need be, says the American Society of Dentist Anesthetists.

What kinds of Sedation does Dr. Martinez and Dr. Lenard offer in South Miami, FL? They offer local and topical anesthetics, inhaled medication (nitrous oxide, or laughing gas), oral sedation (tranquilizers in pill form), and IV sedation. For very complicated smile reconstructions, they deliver in-hospital anesthesia which allows a child to sleep through their treatments.

Nitrous Oxide seems like an Old-style Sedation. How does it work? Yes, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has been used for generations to relax patients and as an adjunct to IV sedation. It confers a euphoric feeling as it is administered by facial mask. The effects wear off quickly once it is turned off.

What is General Anesthesia? This anesthesia is used in the hospital and is given by an anesthesiologist. It helps children get through complex treatments or children who have such a negative reaction to medical and dental treatments that they need medication to stay comfortable and safe.

My Child is so Nervous before a Dental Appointment that it almost seems that they have a Phobia. Is this possible? Many patients, adults included, are very fearful of going to the dentist. Perhaps the person has a sensitive gag reflex, trouble sitting still in the dental chair, or a bad medical or dental experience in another facility. With special needs children, the extra and unfamiliar stimuli in a dental office seems intolerable. So, yes, the fear is real, and it can be extreme. However, sedation definitely helps.

What kind of Sedation is Right for my Child? Your board-certified pediatric dentist will review your child's care plan with you, including choices for sedation services as needed. Also, Dr. Martinez and Dr. Lenard will help you prepare for your child's appointment and outline what to expect afterwards.

Find Out More

Your child's oral health is one of their most valuable assets, and at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, we can help you protect it for life. If you have questions about sedation dentistry or any other service we offer, please contact us at (305) 666-2068.