Special Needs Dentistry FAQ
How do you decide if sedation dentistry is right for my child?
We treat every child as the unique individual that they are. We’ll take his or her physical coordination, emotional state, ability to follow a dentist’s instructions, and your feelings as a parent or guardian into account before we make a recommendation for sedation dentistry. And we’ll continue to evaluate your child’s needs as he or she grows up. Some children who require general anesthesia at a young age will need less sedation (or none at all) in the future.
Can I accompany my child during his or her dental treatment?
Absolutely! We encourage parental involvement in your child’s dental appointment. You know your child better than anyone and your presence can be soothing, relaxing, and comforting.
Can my child return to school after his or her appointment?
It depends. If your child’s procedure was performed with only numbing agents (like lidocaine) or nitrous oxide, it should be alright for your child to resume their regular activities right away. However, if sedation is required, your child will be too drowsy to return to school after his or her appointment. Please be aware that it may take a few hours for any numbing agents to wear off, making speech, eating, and drinking challenging.