Sedation and Hospital Dentistry are options available for your child at Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates. These treatment options are excellent for very young children, children with extensive dental needs or phobias, and special needs children, including autistic children. Please contact us to find out more or to schedule an appointment.
I. SEDATION OPTIONS
1. INHALATION SEDATION (IN OFFICE):
Inhalation sedation using nitrous oxide can help children handle nervousness, pain, or gag reflex difficulties during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide (N2O), or laughing gas, is simply a gas that you breathe in through your nose. This colorless, sweet-smelling, and nonirritating gas is commonly used in dental offices. It can help your child feel calm, comfortable, and less sensitive to pain. A child must be able to breathe in their nose for the duration of the procedure for this to be effective.
2. ORAL SEDATION (IN OFFICE):
Oral Conscious Sedation is when your child receives a liquid sedative in the office to have his or her treatment completed. This is known as “giggle juice”. The child is drowsy and unaware of the treatment being performed. This is a safe and effective treatment choice for the nervous or fearful child or for very young toddlers. This is all done in accordance to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines. (AAPD.org) Often the dental work can be completed in one procedure, depending on the amount of work your child needs.
3. IV SEDATION (IN OFFICE):
IV Sedation in the office is recommended for apprehensive children, and children with special needs that would not work well under oral conscious sedation. This is an alternative to Hospital dentistry. The IV and all anesthetic drugs are administered by a dental anesthesiologist in our office and all dental work is completed in one visit. The anesthesiologist is Dr. Mendia.
Dr. Jonathan Mendia is the anesthesiologist that will come to our office to perform the IV sedation for your child. He obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
During his residency, Dr. Mendia successfully completed over 1,200 cases of both office and hospital based general anesthesia in the areas of dentistry, general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) surgery and obstetrics. Dr. Medina provides IV sedation and general anesthesia services to pediatric, special needs, anxious and dental phobic patients.
II. HOSPITAL DENTISTRY
HOSPITAL DENTISTRY IS WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS ALL DENTAL TREATMENT COMPLETED IN A HOSPITAL. UNDER GENERAL ANESTHESIA WITH AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST, ALL TREATMENT IS COMPLETED IN ONE SESSION WHILE THE CHILD SLEEPS. THIS IS A SAME DAY SURGERY PROCEDURE. THIS PROCEDURE IS VERY SAFE AND IS IDEAL FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN, CHILDREN WITH EXTENSIVE DENTAL NEEDS, AND SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN.