While most children and adolescents can have their dental cleanings, cavities filled and extractions completed in our dental office, there are times when other options should be explored. If a child is very young and needs extensive treatment, if a patient has developmental delays or if, despite our best efforts a child is simply uncooperative in the office, we may recommend that dental treatment be completed in a single visit while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. Our dentists provide sedation dentistry on an outpatient basis at St. Charles Surgery Center located in Bend.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry (or treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital) means that a patient is completely asleep while their dental work is being done. A specialized medical doctor (anesthesiologist) maintains the sleep state in the operating room while either Dr. Quas or Dr. Armstrong completes the necessary dental procedures. During surgery, the anesthesiologist and a nurse monitor the heart, breathing patterns, quality of oxygen exchange, blood pressure and temperature of the patient. Patients have the absolute highest level of care and medical attention while under general anesthesia.
What should I expect if my child is recommended for sedation dentistry?
At Bluefish we take extra time to make sure that you are well informed about the recommended treatment plan for your child. Prior to your sedation dentistry appointment at the hospital our staff will sit down with you and provide a complete overview and understanding of the process and what to expect before, during and after surgery. We do our best to address all of your questions and concerns and make sure that you are comfortable with the treatment that your child will receive. In addition, we follow-up on our sedation dentistry patients extensively. You can expect post-operative check-ins with our staff at two, four, eight and 16 weeks after surgery.
If you have any questions related to sedation dentistry please let us know. We are always happy to address any of your concerns.