At ASC, we understand the apprehension of going through a dental procedure. With apprehensive children, sedation and anesthesia provide the greatest comfort for your child. Our pediatric dentist and anesthesiologist are highly experienced working with children and safety is the highest priority.
Types of available sedations
There are many levels of sedation that are available to ensure your child’s comfort during dental treatment. Our surgical center offers oral sedation, intravenous (IV) anesthesia and general Anesthesia.
Oral sedation is administered orally which induces a state of semi-consciousness for pediatric patients. Our pediatric patients with special needs may require oral sedation for dental examination.
IV anesthesia induces a complete loss of consciousness using medication. Medication given through IV immediately enters the bloodstream and works quicker and has shorter recovery time compared to oral medications. IV sedation also allows the doctor to continuously control the sedation level and make small, rapid adjustments making it safer. IV sedation is the most comfortable option for a child as they will not have any discomfort during the procedure and they will not remember the procedure preventing traumatic memories.
General anesthesia is often recommended for pediatric patients that are unable to hold still during the procedure, have a large amount of treatment that needs to be done, have extreme sensitivity, have a low pain tolerance, have a sensitive gag reflex, have developmental disabilities, or have high anxiety about their dental treatment. Our fully-trained staff is here to ensure that your child’s dental treatment is as comfortable and relaxing for them and you as possible.
HOW IS ANESTHESIA ADMINISTERED?
Full general anesthesia is administered safely in our ambulatory surgical center by a skilled and licensed Dental Anesthesiologist. First, all patients must undergo a consultation with our Dentist, Dental Anesthesiologist and our registered nurses. From there, the dentist will give a distinct dental treatment plan of ALL dental work that needs to be performed. After, the Dental Anesthesiologist will ask a series of medical history questions of the patient to determine if the patient is healthy enough for sedation. After the initial consultation, it is up to our medical/dental team to determine which form of sedation is best used in the circumstance. There are different forms of sedation offered at our facility, from mild nitrous/ oral sedation combination, to full deep general anesthesia. Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is an effective sedative that is administered to the patient by a face mask that covers the patient's nose and allows the patients to breathe in the sedative via the nasal cavity. Laughing gas is a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen that helps relax the patients with dental anxiety. IV conscious sedation is also offered for patients who are apprehensive about deep/full general anesthesia. IV conscious sedation, like full general anesthesia sedation is administered into the bloodstream via IV. Patients who undergo IV conscious sedation are awake during their procedure, unlike full general anesthesia.