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Oral Sedation
and General Anesthesia

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Westerville Pediatric Dental offers drinkable oral sedation and in-office general anesthesia for patients that require a little extra care. Each option has its place in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Richards will discuss these treatment modalities if your child could benefit from sedation or anesthesia.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, here are the objectives of Conscious Sedation:

Drinkable sedation is used when children need some help to overcome their anxiety towards dental treatment. Not every child can be served with basic behavioral guidance like distraction, positive reinforcement or even laughing gas. Some kids are better managed with sedation. Drinkable sedation allows your child to be conscious, but drowsy and more relaxed. This helps them cope with dental procedures.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, here are the objectives of Conscious Sedation:

  • To provide treatment safely.
  • To minimize stress and discomfort.
  • To control anxiety, decrease psychological trauma, and maximize the potential for amnesia.
  • To control behavior and movement.
  • To allow the patient to meet specific discharge criteria.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, here are the objectives of General Anesthesia:

General anesthesia is used for very specific conditions because the child would be in a deep sleep for dental treatment. This would be the same technique used when tonsils are removed. Westerville Pediatric Dentistry is proud to partner with a dental anesthesiologist to provide exceptional and safe dental care for your child. This allows us to provide in-office anesthesia for the family’s convenience. Dr. Richards also has privileges at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. However, most dental cases for healthy children can be provided at the same location inside our in-office surgical suite.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, here are the indications for General Anesthesia:

  • Your child requires significant and complex surgical procedures.
  • Your child needs several fillings and crowns.
  • Your child cannot cooperate due to age, maturity or disability.
  • A procedure cannot otherwise be performed safely.
  • Your child has a condition which limits cooperation or the ability to follow instructions.
  • The use of general anesthesia may protect the developing psyche and reduce medical risk.
  • The use of local anesthesia is ineffective.
  • Your child requires immediate, comprehensive dental care.

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