What is Hospital Dentistry for Children?
Does your child have a disability preventing them from getting the pediatric dental care they need? Does your child need extensive dental work? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, your child’s pediatric dentist may recommend they receive treatment in a hospital. We provide dental services in St. Joseph Mercy Canton and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to those who need it most.
Continue reading to learn why we may recommend hospital dentistry for children and how you can help your child the day of their appointment.
Benefits of Hospital Dentistry
Patients Who Benefit
Our pediatric dentists may recommend hospital dentistry for children who need extensive work done and/or those patients with special needs.
Hospital dentistry is for patients with:
- Multiple oral health issues that require treatment
- High dental anxiety or fear
- Behavioral issues
- Low resistance to infection
- Weak immune systems
General anesthesia (also called “sleep dentistry”) can be less traumatic for your child if they need a long intensive procedure. Depending on the age and/or cognitive ability of your child, they may not understand why they have to hold still for so long while a stranger drills their teeth. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists offer general anesthesia in a hospital setting so your child can sleep during their procedure.
Sleep dentistry is also a good choice for children who have difficulty controlling their own movement because of physical disability. It has always been our goal to make sure our patients safely and comfortably receive pediatric dental care. Throughout the procedure, we’ll monitor your child’s breathing and vitals.
How to Prepare Your Child
Schedule Physical Exam
You’ll need to schedule a physical exam with your child’s pediatrician. For your child’s safety, it’s important that we’re aware of any medical conditions that could affect how they respond to anesthesia.
Update Health History
Has your child’s health changed since we saw them last? Is your child on any new medications? Call our office before your child’s appointment to update their medical history. Certain medications or medical conditions can affect how your child responds to general anesthesia.
Follow Dentist’s Instructions
Don’t feed your child the day of their procedure to prevent pneumonia and anesthesia complications. Milk is also off limits. Our office will give you instructions for how to prepare your child for their appointment. We’ll also be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have before your child’s hospital visit.
Meet with Anesthesiologist
The day of your child’s appointment, one of the anesthesiologists will examine your child and review their medical history. If everything looks good, we’ll get started preparing your child for general anesthesia.
What to Expect Post-Procedure
During your child’s procedure, we’ll ask you to sit in the waiting room. Once we’re done, we’ll call you back so you can hold your child’s hand while they wake up. Many parents bring a favorite blanket or stuffed animal to soothe their child. Your child may be groggy upon waking, which is to be expected.
Keep your child home from school or daycare so you can monitor them the rest of the day while the anesthesia wears off. Before you leave for home, we’ll give you instructions for how to care for your child while they recover from their procedure and general anesthesia.
Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to helping your child maintain a healthy smile. To schedule your child’s appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children’s Dental Care in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia. We look forward to hearing from you!