What is pediatric sedation dentistry?

Pediatric Sedation dentistry is the use of a sedative (general anesthesia) to calm the patient and cause them to completely relax during treatment. The use of sedation dental techniques can dramatically reduce the negative associations that a child might have from dental treatment. While not necessary in every treatment scenario, it’s a great tool for treating kids with ADHD, special needs, or a severe phobia of the dentist.

Does my child need pediatric sedation dentistry?

It’s difficult to say without a thorough examination. We work with local family dentists who often know the patient and the family well, and often let them determine whether pediatric sedation dentistry is a good choice. Some parents choose to bring their children directly to us for treatment, but we prefer to work with a family dentist when scheduling treatment.

Is there a difference between sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry?

Yes, but many people use the terms interchangeably. Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives during the treatment process. These sedatives include conscious oral sedation and general anesthesia. Where conscious oral sedation uses a “local” sedative, numbing only the area to be treated, sleep dentistry is the process of putting a patient under general anesthesia—literally putting them to sleep during treatment.

Why do I need a consultation?

A consultation is required to determine the most appropriate type of sedation for the sedation dentist to use, as well as to estimate the length of the treatment visit and to get a complete medical history of the patient

What kind of training do the doctors have?

Hapy Bear’s doctors are specially trained in the safe administration of pediatric dental care under general anesthesia—also called sedation dentistry.

How long will my child's appointment take?

The total length of time varies with each child depending on the amount of treatment needed and the time it takes your child to recover.

Why can't my child eat or drink before treatment?

For your child’s safety, general anesthesia can only be administered on an empty stomach. This is extremely important. Any violation of our eating and drinking standards will cause the cancellation of your child’s treatment.

Where do I go for my child's 6-month check-up and cleaning after their treatment?

Your child’s primary dentist will be the main contact for any further dental needs. If the need arises to come back to Hapy Bear, your dentist can give you a referral.

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