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Sedation & Hospital Dentistry

What is Sedation and Hospital Dentistry?
Sedation is ideal for children who are either having a hard time sitting still to have dental treatment done or those who are having more complicated procedures performed. Hospital dentistry may be required if there is a surgery needed or if your child is special needs and requires regular monitoring while the work is being completed. Both sedation and hospital dentistry is safe for your child and can help them receive the dental care that they need. We provide you with all of the information regarding sedation options and hospital stays prior to treatment being started.

Why would your child need Sedation and Hospital Dentistry?
Sedation is often necessary for children who are young and who are having a hard time having dental treatment completed. Sedation makes the appointment more comfortable for your child, which in turn helps the procedure to be less stressful for both them and the parent. Certain dental procedures should be done in a hospital setting due to the health of the child and the complexity of the procedure. Procedures that require more surgery in your child’s mouth may require a hospital stay. Kids with special needs or with health concerns will benefit from having dental care in the hospital where they can be continually monitored.

What makes your child a good candidate for Sedation and Hospital Dentistry?
Not every child needs sedation and not every kid has to go to the hospital for simple procedures. In most cases, we can perform preventative care, corrective care and restorative care in our office at your earliest convenience. However, with the help of an exam as well as consultation, we can determine if your child would benefit from either partial or full sedation as well as a trip to the hospital to have the work done. While it might sound scary or even daunting to visit the hospital with your child for a dental procedure, the benefits far outweigh the discomfort you both feel walking into the building.

What happens during Sedation and Hospital Dentistry?
We offer several types of safe sedative options, such as nitrous oxide as well as IV sedation. Before any type of sedation is used, we will discuss with you the options for your child and what to expect. Sedation may be necessary for more complicated procedures, like surgeries or wisdom tooth removal. Hospital stays are truly only needed for complex surgical procedures and for children with serious health concerns that need to be monitored while medical treatment is being provided.

If you want to know more about sedation and hospital options for your child, call our office and we will be happy to help answer any questions you have.

Why would my child need sedation?

Dr. Criss explains why you might opt for your child to have sedation dentistry.

Is sedation dentistry safe for children?

Dr. Criss explains the process for sedation dentistry and what precautions are taken before sedation dentistry is performed.