Frequently Asked Questions
How does conscious sedation differ from general anesthesia?
When general anesthesia is required, a patient is fully “asleep.” When placed under conscious sedation, patients are very relaxed and drowsy, but still aware enough to interact with their dentist if needed.
Is conscious sedation dentistry safe?
Yes! Our dentists complete extensive training that prepares them to safely treat your child. Ask your dentist for more information about his or her education and qualifications.
Is sedation dentistry recommended for children affected by autism?
As always, our dentists will make his or her recommendation based on your child’s unique situation. Conscious sedation may help children affected by autism receive dental care with reduced anxiety, however often these patients need a deeper level of sedation than conscious sedation can provide to help meet their dental needs.
Will my child always need sedation dentistry?
Depending on your child’s medical and dental needs, sedation dentistry may be required for some or all of his or her treatments.
At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we strive to provide a relaxing, calming atmosphere to help children overcome their dental anxiety. Unless medically necessary, we generally recommend that by the age of 10 most children should be able to undergo dental exams and minor procedures without the use of sedation dentistry.
That said, if your child (no matter his or her age) needs sedation to help them tolerate the dental treatment they need, we can help.
Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?
Yes! We accept Medicaid and a variety of additional insurance plans, including those from:
- United Concordia
- Delta Dental
What do I need to do before and after my child’s appointment?
Your child’s dentist will provide a full list of pre-operative and post care-operative instructions, which include:
- Discuss your child’s full medical history with the dentist prior to their sedation appointment
- Bringing a list of any medications your child is taking (prescription and non-prescription)
- Notify us of any acute change in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
- Avoiding food and drink a few hours before and after your child’s appointment
- Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to assist in the application of patient monitors
- Watching for nausea, extreme drowsiness or other side effects after your child’s treatment
How long does conscious sedation last?
Your child will likely be drowsy for a few hours after their treatment. It is important that you do not leave them unassisted during this period. We will keep your child at the office for some time after their appointment to assure that your child is alert and responsive and able to demonstrate the ability to protect their own airway.