In addition to dental sedation we proudly offer sleep dentistry for kids and youth at our Keswick Kids Dental clinic.
We want to ensure that the dental procedure is as successful and non-traumatic as possible, as well as completed in one visit. To that end, you may decide with our pediatric dentist that full sleep dentistry using general anesthesia is in your child’s best interest.
Our pediatric dentist and in-house anesthesiologist work closely together to administer the sedation and monitor your child’s vitals throughout. With sleep dentistry for kids we can ensure a successful surgery and quick recovery. We also have a dedicated surgical suite and full recovery room. Keswick Kids Dental is fully equipped to perform sleep dentistry for children and teenagers who require more than local sedation.
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Is Children’s Sleep Dentistry Safe?
Yes, when performed by experienced pediatric dentists with a trained anesthesiologist on hand, full sedation dentistry is safe for kids. Your child’s comfort and safety are our top priorities at Keswick Kids Dental. This is why we perform a full review of your child’s medical history, current medications, allergies, and any other concerns prior to scheduling any sleep dental surgery.
How Does Sleep Dentistry for Kids Work?
Full sedation for children’s sleep dentistry works to keep your child calm, relaxed and asleep during their dental appointment and procedure. The sedation is administered through an IV (typically in their arm) that allows the dentist and anesthesiologist to give your child more medicine throughout the procedure as needed. With full sedation dentistry the patient has no memory or recollection of the procedure.
It is important to note that sedation does not control pain or discomfort. Once your child is sedated, an injection into the treatment area will keep your child pain-free during the dental procedure.
Is Sleep Dentistry a Good Option for My Child?
Sleep dentistry for kids is typically recommended when:
- Your child requires complex or multiple procedures.
- Your child requires a procedure that is long.
- Your child has significant anxiety about the surgery or being at the dentist.
- Your child is very young.
- Your child has special needs or finds it difficult to sit still.
- Your child has a strong gag reflex.
Preparing Your Child for Full Sleep Sedation
Our team, consisting of a pediatric dentist, anesthesiologist, and dental assistants will do everything within our abilities to make you and your child as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process.
During the initial consultation it is critical to inform our dentist of your child’s full medical history and any medications they are currently taking. We will also check your child’s vitals and weight. Depending on your child’s age and maturity level, our pediatric dentist may meet with you alone or with you and your child in order to explain the sleep dentistry procedure in detail. If your child is not involved in this conversation it is best if you then explain in basic, non-threatening terms what your child should expect.
Our pediatric dentist will also give you a pre-op routine to follow, which includes fasting. It is important to follow the recommendations closely.
You should help your child dress in loose, comfortable clothing for the procedure and if age appropriate, encourage them to bring a comfort item (such as a blanket or stuffed animal) from home.
Depending on your child’s age and preference we may suggest that you stay with them until they are fully sedated. This helps keep both you and the child calm. If you have additional children, we highly recommend arranging alternate child care so that you can give your full attention to the dental procedure.
Once your child is sedated, we will monitor their vitals. This includes blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate. This allows us to detect and address any abnormalities as soon as they may arise, keeping your child safe and relaxed.
Once the sleep dentistry procedure is complete, we will invite the parent(s) back into the surgical room to be present for when their child wakes up after sedation. This creates a comforting environment and will keep them calm. It is typical for your child to feel dizzy, sleepy or nauseous as the sedation wears off. We typically recommend both the parent and child take the full day off from school and work to focus on recovery. Our dentist will provide recovery instructions, which includes how to keep the mouth clean, any pain or antibiotic medications, and other care guidelines.
Our Surgical and Recovery Facilities
Not only is Keswick Kids Dental built with kids in mind, we have also created a dedicated surgical suite with attached recovery room. This allows us to give patients our full attention and private surroundings throughout the entire procedure. The recovery time to fully wake up and be ready to go home can take an hour or two, which is why we have a comfortable space for patients and their parents to rest. Parents can even choose a gift from our prize room to take home for when their child is more recovered.
If you still have questions about sleep dentistry for kids, please call us at 905-476-2800.
Healthychildren.org also has additional information on Anesthesia or Sedation for Your Child’s Dental Work.
Sleep Dentistry FAQ
What does a sleep dentist do?
Dentists primarily focus on pain-free dentistry. To help a dental patient to relax and to relieve patient anxiety and pain, a sleep dentist uses medicine to sedate the patient prior to a procedure.
What is the difference between conscious sedation and general anesthesia?
With conscious sedation, such as laughing gas, the patient is still awake but relaxed and pain free. General anesthesia is used for longer and more serious dental procedures that require the patient to be fully unconscious.
What does sleep dentistry feel like?
With conscious sedation, the patient is awake, feels no pain or anxiety, and may even find the procedure pleasurable (thanks to the laughing gas). With general anesthesia however, the dental patient is fully unconscious. They won’t feel pain or remember anything about the procedure but may feel drowsy once the anesthesia wears off.
Is dental anesthesia safe?
Yes, dental anesthesia has been safely used for decades including local anesthesia, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia (where the patient is fully unconscious).
What dental procedures do they put you to sleep for?
Sleep dentistry is used mostly for more serious dental procedures where longer sedation is required, including wisdom teeth removal and oral surgery procedures like root canals.
What is local anesthetic?
Local anesthesia is usually administered by the dentist through a syringe and is used to temporarily numb the soft tissues and teeth prior to the dental procedure.
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Book an Appointment with Keswick Kids Dental
The best way to know if your child is a good candidate for children’s sleep dentistry is to book a consultation with our Keswick Kids Dental office. Our pediatric dentist would be happy to discuss your concerns and what exactly to expect during your child’s oral surgery and sedation.
Call us at 905-476-2800 or book your child’s dental appointment online.