“We use child-friendly language and visual demonstrations of procedures to help the child feel like they are in control and to help avoid any fear of the unknown. Part of making your child feel comfortable is alleviating any anxiety that they might feel about dental treatment. Our office provides a number of different treatment methods to best meet the needs of your child.”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes the use of nitrous oxide as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s needs. This odorless gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. While inhaling nitrous oxide, your child remains fully conscious and maintains natural reflexes. Nitrous oxide can also help in patients with severe gag reflexes and the gas itself has mild anti pain properties.
For some patients who are very young, have moderate anxiety, or have had a history of difficult treatment appointments in the past, nitrous oxide alone may not be enough to alleviate their dental anxiety. These patients may benefit from oral conscious sedation. When the anti anxiety medication takes affect the patient is still conscious, alert and able to communicate but may feel a bit drowsy. The majority of the effect of the medication is over after an hour.
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs who are unable to cooperate under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection. Dr. Cabello has privileges at area hospitals in order to successfully perform your child’s treatment safely in one visit.