Hospital Dentistry

Hospital DentistryWe routinely treat comprehensive cases in a hospital setting. Outpatient general anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children with severe anxiety, young children, children who require extensive treatment and children with special needs that cannot be treated in a traditional office setting because of different limitations. We work with the excellent staff of nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists at Genesis-West Outpatient surgery.

General anesthesia patients receive medications to cause them to become unconscious and asleep while receiving dental care. In most cases, we complete all of the needed dental treatment in one visit. Once treatment is completed, the child is awakened and taken to the recovery room. Parents are brought back to this area to be with their children while they recover. The child is discharged once doctors determine that he/she is alert and sufficiently awake to leave the hospital. The inherent risks if hospital dentistry is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include: tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to the developing teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

Prior to your child’s appointment:

  • Your child will require a history and physical exam with lab work within seven days prior to the scheduled procedure.
  • Please notify us of any changes in your child’s health. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it will be necessary to reschedule.
  • You must tell us and/or the medical staff of any drugs that your child is currently taking (prescribed, over-the-counter or herbal) and any drug interactions and/or changes in medical history.
  • Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing. You may also bring a change of clothing and/or extra diapers/pull-ps.
  • Your child should not have milk or solid foods after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure and clear liquids only (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to six hours prior to the appointment.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room during the complete procedure. We strongly recommend that a second responsible adult join you at the time of discharge if possible.

After leaving the hospital:

  • Your child will be drowsy and may not be able to walk well. He/She will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If you child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. Periodically check your child to make sure he/she is easily arousable and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child small sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea (water, apple juice, Pedialyte, Gatorade, clear-colored carbonated beverages). The first meal should be light and easily digestible (a few bites of applesauce, Jello, pudding, mashed potatoes, soup broth, macaroni and cheese). Avoid milk and ice cream the rest of the day to avoid nausea.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure they do not inhale the vomit.
  • Prior to leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed list of Post Operative Instructions and an emergency contact number.