While most children and adolescents can have their dental work completed in our office, there are times when other options should be explored.
If a child has extensive treatment needs, developmental delays, or if despite our best efforts is simply uncooperative in the office, then we may recommend hospital dentistry. General anesthesia allows all treatment needs to be completed in a single visit while the patient is asleep. Our dentists provide hospital dentistry as an outpatient procedure at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
What is hospital dentistry?
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 Dr. Quas 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 hospital 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 hospital dentistry appointment, 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 hospital 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 hospital dentistry please let us know. We are always happy to address any of your concerns.