In cases where we have a very young child that is in need of extensive dental treatment and has the inability to cooperate in a dental setting, general anesthesia may be recommended. As well, it may be helpful for children with special health care needs in need of an invasive surgical procedure.
This is a procedure done at a hospital setting as an Outpatient service. Dental treatment is then provided by Dr. Ruiz, under strict supervision of pediatric medical specialists, administering the anesthesia. At Petit Smiles, Dr. Ruiz is credentialed at Joe Di Maggio’s Children Hospital. Every parent should know that children face the same risk under general anesthesia for dental treatment as for any other surgical procedure. Only highly qualified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists in a hospital setting provide the anesthesia services. Parents are always welcome to ask us any questions about benefits and risks of this treatment.
Candidates for Hospital dentistry include the following:
- Children that have extensive dental needs.
- The medically compromised child.
- The mentally handicapped child.
- Children that have a strong gag reflux.
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences.
- The very apprehensive child.
The website for Joe Di Maggio’s Children Hospital can be of great help in navigating the roads and parking plans for your Outpatient procedure.