Sedation Dentistry for Children
Some children will have to be sedated, either orally or via IV, for treatment to be completed. We will make every attempt to avoid your child being sedated for dental treatment. However some children are extremely nervous or have a tremendous amount of dental work to be completed at one time and thus benefit greatly from sedation. During these procedures, parents are not allowed in the treatment rooms. The reason being is that our attention has to be totally focused on your child and not divided with the parents. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Jodi have never experienced any dental complications during sedations, however should one ever arise, it would be difficult to manage the child and parent at the same time.
General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry
IV Sedation, also called general anesthesia, uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with high levels of anxiety or with special needs may benefit from IV Sedation. General anesthesia can also be a good option for patients with extensive tooth decay or for patients who are undergoing surgical dental procedures. The doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.