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 a local pediatric anesthesiologist at our office in Winter Park when IV sedation is considered the best option.
- 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 Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as well as Florida Hospital, and this type of treatment can be done in the hospital setting under General Anesthesia.