Most kids are calm, comfortable and confident when they come to Must Love Kids® Pediatric Dentistry. Our advanced specialized training and experienced staff excel at making kids and parents feel at ease with the help of sedation and hospital dentistry.
For children with severe dental anxiety and/or special health care needs – including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and ADHD as well as additional complex medical conditions – one of the many benefits we offer is treatment with Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation, in-office general anesthesia as part of our sedation and hospital dentistry services.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen can be used when required by our well-trained team. This is a safe and effective technique used to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia and enhance effective communication in a mildly anxious child who is otherwise cooperative. With this technique, a fitted mask sits over a child’s nose and they can watch a TV show which further helps with distraction. Since the child experiences the feeling of relaxation and giddiness, Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen is also called laughing gas.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during a dental procedure. The use of general anesthesia is sometimes necessary to provide quality dental care for children who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or need extensive dental treatment.
Deep Sedation and General anesthesia is also recommended for very young children who do not understand how to cope with dental procedures and for children with complex medical and special health care needs. Depending upon the patient’s medical and dental needs, general anesthesia can be provided in a hospital environment or in the dental office by a trained anesthesiologist.
We follow a very strict protocol for evaluating, scheduling, monitoring and performing dental treatment under general anesthesia. Prior to dental treatment under deep sedation or general anesthesia, your child must undergo a preoperative health evaluation by your child’s primary physician. This is reviewed by our anesthesiologist who is a medical physician (MD) as well. To assure quality of services, strict pre-op instructions are to be followed by the parent(s). Alternatives, risks and benefits are discussed in detail prior to your child’s procedure.
Specially trained and experinced anesthesiologist help keep your child safe during their dental procedure. Parents will meet with the anesthesiologist prior to their procedure. Your anesthesiologist will be assisted by trained assistants. The patient is monitored by these professionals the entire time they are under sedation or general anesthesia and later in the recovery room.
At Must Love Kids®, we provide these services in association with highly qualified and experienced board certified anesthesiologist Dr. Bonnie Song. Our staff also provides hospital dentistry at St. Vincent’s Providence Hospital, Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital, Emanuel Legacy Hospital and Kaiser interstate Surgery Center.