Frequently Asked Questions
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 able to be performed with only numbing agents (like lidocaine) or nitrous oxide, it should be fine 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. It also may take a few hours for any numbing agents to wear off, making speech, eating, and drinking challenging.
Depending on your child’s treatment and his or her needs, your dentist may recommend a few hours of relaxing rest and recovery before returning to their normal routine.
Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?
Yes! We accept Medicaid as well as many different insurance plans, including those from:
- United Concordia
- Delta Dental
What do I need to do to prepare for my child’s appointment?
Your child’s dentist can help you prepare for his or her appointment as well as prepare after-care instructions depending on the dental care they’re receiving.
To help us provide the best possible care for a child with special needs:
- Be prepared to discuss your child’s full medical history with the dentist
- Bring a list of any medications your child is taking (both prescription and over-the-counter medications)
- Notify us of any sudden changes in your child’s health (such as developing a cold or flu)
- Avoid food and drink a few hours before and after your child’s appointment
- Choose comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to assist in the application of patient monitors
- Bring a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or security blanket to help your child feel at ease
- Follow any instructions regarding the appointment that are given to you by our dental team