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Sedation Dentistry Winter Park, FL

Sedation Dentistry for Children An Overview

Dr. Miller and the team at Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park place the comfort and well being of every patient first and foremost in our treatment approach. Our goal is to help your child develop a healthy attitude towards the maintenance of his/her growing smile and it all starts with looking forward to visiting the dentist regularly. Bringing children in before their first birthday is recommended for two important reasons:

  • Provides the opportunity for Dr. Miller to examine the oral development of your child and address any early signs of issues that could affect them as they grow.
  • Enables a young patient to become familiar with the dental office environment at an early age with the hope of minimizing their anxiety as they grow and visit on a regular basis.

We work with all of our young patients to help them feel relaxed, comfortable and welcome when they visit. Our team takes the time to explain all aspects of their dental care in an age-appropriate manner to alleviate stress and educates them on the benefits of a healthy smile. Our hope is that your child will enjoy visiting the dentist and that routine dental care will help them avoid major dental concerns and the need for invasive treatments.

When the need arises, Dr. Miller can offer sedation options to make an anxious patient feel calm and relaxed or enable a patient facing a more complex treatment to be pain-free during the procedure. We will work with parents and caregivers to ensure the safety of a patient using dental sedation, discussing any concerns or existing health issues. The type of sedation will depend on your child’s unique needs and the procedure being performed. We offer:

  • Oral Sedative: when appropriate, we can provide a prescription for an oral sedative, sometimes taken at home before the visit.
  • Nitrous Oxide: “laughing gas” can be administered in our office using a small cannula placed beneath the nose.
  • IV Sedation: Dr. Miller works with PDAA- Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates- when IV sedation is considered the best option. Click here to learn more about PDAA.
  • General Anesthesia: for patients who are medically compromised or if the parent is uncomfortable having sedation treatment performed under IV sedation in-office, Dr. Miller has hospital privileges at Advent Health.

Sedation Dentistry for Children What to Expect

If sedation dentistry is considered the best means of enabling a patient to receive the dental care they need, Dr. Miller will discuss the options and make a recommendation for the means of sedation. Dental sedation will enable a young patient to feel calm and relaxed while remaining responsive and alert during the treatment.

Dr. Miller will advise of any pre-sedation instructions, such as limiting food and water before the visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a helpful checklist to inform parents of how to prepare a child for sedation and what to expect. You can download the form here.

Dental Sedation for Special Needs Patients

Dr. Miller works with children and adolescents who have special needs or challenges that make it difficult for them to sit in the dentist chair or visit with us without becoming stressed. We work with the parent or caregiver and the patient to create an environment in which they can feel safe and receive the dental care they need. If dental sedation is considered the best option for enabling your special needs child or teen to feel relaxed and calm, we will discuss the options and their overall medical history before their visit to ensure their safety and their comfort.