Dental services for the anxious

We offer a wide range of services to help your child overcome anxiety and fears and finally enjoy good oral health.

Indications for sedation or hospital dentistry are as follows:

  • Age and/or maturity of child
  • Trauma or rampant decay that requires multiple appointments to restore the child’s mouth
  • Medical reasons
  • Previous dental experience of child

The decision to render care for your child under sedation will be based on assessment of the following information. Please feel free to ask us if you have additional questions about sedation or hospital dentistry.

The most sensitive patients deserve an expert

Dentists that provide sedation dentistry have to be trained and tested in dealing with emergency situations. The goal is to monitor a child on a continuous basis in order to avoid emergencies. We have emergency equipment and reversal medications (drugs used to reverse the effects of anesthetics) to deal with these unusual situations.

Once the procedure is completed, the child is discharged to a parent or other caregiver. We require that a parent or other caregiver be accompanied by another adult on the way home. We feel better knowing that the child is watched by somebody else other than the driver on the way home.

Sedation or conscious sedation

Sedation or conscious sedation is a method of rendering dental treatment based on specific necessity. If we feel providing treatment for a child using traditional methods like behavior management, local anesthesia, show and tell and/or nitrous oxide is going to be a challenge, we may recommend using one or a combination of sedative medications. The choice of medications is based on the amount of time that is needed to provide care, the level of the child’s anxiety, and, lastly, if it the child sustained a dental trauma.

Sedation dentistry

Dr. Francis is specially trained and licensed to provide safe and effective sedation dentistry. He can administer medications by mouth, in the form of a nasal spray, intramuscular injection and/or intravenous (IV) administration. The majority of the sedation procedures in children are performed using medications that the child drinks, usually 15 – 60 minutes before the procedure.

Steps of a sedation

A sedative drug or combination of drugs is administered to a child only after a physical health assessment has been performed by Dr. Francis before the procedure. Once the medication is administered, the child has to be monitored until he feels the child is safe to be back with the parent or other care givers. The monitoring equipment includes pulse oximeter (measures the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream), blood pressure monitor, and or pre-cordial stethoscope (helps listen to the breathing pattern of the patient on a continuous basis). Dentists that provide sedation dentistry have to be trained and tested in dealing with emergency situations that could potentially happen. The goal is to monitor a child on a continuous basis in order to avoid emergencies. We have emergency equipment and reversal medications to deal with these situations.

Once the procedure is completed, the child is discharged to a parent or other caregiver. We require that a parent or other caregiver be accompanied by another adult on the way home. We feel better knowing that the child is watched by somebody else other than the driver on the way home.