Sleep Dentistry is the performance of dental procedures, in a hospital setting, while the patient is under a general anesthesia.
Sleep Dentistry helps insure that children get needed dental services accomplished comfortably, completely and safely.
General Anesthesia for Children’s Dental Procedures: What You Need to Know
Fillings, tooth extractions, and other simple dental procedures can often be conducted with a local anesthetic (injections that numb a child’s mouth). Using sedation in combination with local anesthetic can also be effective – helping anxious children relax during procedures.
However – some patients, especially the very young, local aesthetic may not be an option – general anesthesia may be required.
General Anesthetic: What is it?
The saftest environment for general anesthesia is a hospital, NOT a dental office. You will be pleased to know that we use the Connect Children's Medical Center, Hartford Connecticut. There the hospital anesthesiologist and nurses who are well trained experienced will handle this procedure. Our pediatric dentist and his assistant will perform the dental procedure.
What should I tell my Child prior to the procedure?
Some children are nervous or anxious before going under general anesthesia. It may be a difficult discussion to have with a child – but reassurances that the doctor will be looking after them while they are asleep will calm their nerves. Our staff is also very adept at explaining the process in a way that a child can understand.
Your child will be given 1 of two anesthetics:
1.) An anesthetic gas that is administered via a small facemask.
2.) A venous injection via a cannula (inserted in the hand or arm).
Which anesthetic is used is typically decided by the anesthesiologist – however all options will be discussed with you prior to the procedure.
Can I stay with my child when the anesthetic is administered?
Yes – this I usually encouraged. Once the aesthetic is administered, and the patient falls asleep, you will be asked to return to waiting room while the procedure is performed.