The staff of Villalon Callis Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is well educated on the best methods to help your child have a comfortable experience during dental treatment. At times, due to extensive treatment needs and apprehension, sedation is needed. We offer a variety of sedation techniques including oral sedation, I.V. sedation, and general anesthesia. The type of sedation used is determined based on the needs of the child and amount of treatment required. After examination, we will be happy to discuss the possibility of using these treatment options for your child. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding sedation. Please do not hesitate to openly discuss any concerns that you may have.
Why would a child need sedation just to have teeth fixed?
Unfortunately, many children suffer from serious, potentially painful dental diseases or have a great fear of the dentist. Unlike health conditions such as colds or flu, dental diseases don't go away on their own. When treatment is required for a serious dental condition or if your child is apprehensive, sedation may be recommended to make delivery of that required treatment possible in a safe and comfortable manner. Without treatment, dental diseases can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition and other activities necessary for normal growth and development.
How are pediatric dentists making sure sedation and anesthesia are safe?
We strive to provide your child with the safest and most comfortable environment in which to have their dental treatment completed. When I.V. sedation is needed, we have a board certified dental anesthesiologist who assists Dr. Villalon and Dr. Callis. Anesthesia Alternatives has been in practice over 30 years. Together Dr. Villalon, and Dr. Callis bring over 50 years of dental experience. If your child requires this type of treatment, we will gladly discuss any further concerns you may have.
Have any children been injured from complications of sedation or anesthesia while under a pediatric dentist's care?
Villalon Callis Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has an extensive safety record in sedation procedures. They are up to date on all of the proper American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry(AAPD) guidelines in regards to sedation, and our office is strict on meeting these guidelines at all times. We are not aware of a single case of morbidity or mortality in any other pediatric dental offices when the AAPD Guidelines have been followed conscientiously. Any fatalities that have been discussed in the media were due to AAPD guidelines not being strictly followed.
If sedation or anesthesia is recommended to treat my child's teeth, how can I be sure this is the best option?
We will be sure to explain all treatment options and their benefits and risks with you thoroughly. If at any time you still have any concerns or questions, please let us know. Parents have the right to be well informed about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment for their children.
To avoid risks of dental surgery for your child, make sure your child won't need it. The earlier your child sees a pediatric dentist, the better your chances of preventing dental problems. Pediatric dentists recommend first dental visits no later than the child's first birthday in order to prevent serious oral conditions that may require complicated treatment later on.