Pediatric Hospital Dentistry & General Anesthesia – Coppell, TX
Certified Care for Oral Health
Our goal is to provide oral health care to children in a safe manner that gives each child the best outcome for excellent oral health. In dentistry, we have choices to help children and teens relax during their dental treatment. If your child can complete dental work or extractions in the dental office, we may recommend the use of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas. Our pediatric dentist will review your child’s treatment plan options and answer any questions you may have about sedation in and out of the dental office. Dr. Rozasand Dr. Compton all have their certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and the entire staff is CPR trained. They have received the appropriate training should a medical emergency arise, and they routinely update the emergency manuals and protocols as necessary. Learn more about options for pediatric hospital dentistry and general anesthesia in Coppell, TX.
Why Choose Melissa Rozas, DDS & Associates for Pediatric Hospital Dentistry & General Anesthesia?
- All Team Members Certified in CPR
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certified Dentists
- Hospital Privileges by a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that is administered by a licensed dentist trained in its use and safety. Pediatric dentists use nitrous oxide frequently because it is easily tolerated by most patients and has an excellent safety record. In most cases, it will help the patient to tolerate procedures by reducing or relieving anxiety, discomfort, or pain. Your child is awake and talking to us the entire time, and once the procedure is completed, the effects of the nitrous oxide are gone, and they can return to school or any activity. There are a few contraindications to nitrous oxide and these can be found at the www.appd.org website.
Hospital Dentistry Under General Anesthesia
Some children have extensive dental needs, extreme anxiety, pre-cooperative behavior due to age, or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from safely completing dental work in the dental office. Our pediatric dentists are not only board-certified, but they are also trained to complete work in a hospital setting. Dr. Rozas and her team have privileges at an accredited pediatric surgical center within a hospital and work exclusively with board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists. Our goal is to always provide dental care in the most conservative, yet safest, way and to protect the mental wellbeing of all our patients.
Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing your child for sedation dentistry in Coppell may seem a bit scary; however, Dr. Rozas and her team are here to ensure you and your little one have all the information you need to feel confident and comfortable. We know as a parent you have many questions, especially when it comes to your child’s safety and well-being. To alleviate and address your concerns, you will find a short list of common questions asked by other parents regarding sedation dentistry. If you do not see your inquiry listed below, feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rozas.
Is sedation dentistry safe for kids?
Yes, sedation dentistry is a safe option for most children. Nitrous oxide is considered the mildest form of sedation and the one most commonly used for kids. However, should your little one experience extreme dental anxiety, general anesthesia in a hospital setting may be necessary. Before undergoing any type of procedure or checkup, you will be required to meet with your child’s pediatric dentist to discuss their medical history and any health conditions. If your child is receiving general anesthesia, it will require several hours for the effects to wear off, so you’ll need to monitor them closely to ensure no poor side effects occur.
Is sedation dentistry worth it?
If your child experiences mild, moderate, or extreme dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is most certainly worth the expense. Young smiles need regular dental care, and it can often be a challenge when they are fearful of visiting the dentist’s office. With the help of nitrous oxide or even hospital-based general anesthesia, we can provide your child with the oral healthcare they need while ensuring they remain safe, calm, and comfortable during the process.
What are the risks of sedation dentistry?
Although sedation dentistry is safe for most patients, there are some risks involved. The majority of children who receive nitrous oxide sedation experience no side effects once the gas is turned off. Those receiving general anesthesia are continuously monitored to ensure optimal safety. However, there are times when sedation may cause problems for patients. If your child suffers from a sleep disorder or takes certain medications, it can make sedation riskier and increase the potential for complications. To avoid the potential risk, however, you and your child will meet with Dr. Rozas. You will need to share your child’s medical history as well as any current medications they are taking. With this knowledge, we can better plan for their upcoming appointment and determine the safest way to keep them calm and comfortable.
Does dental sedation make you tell secrets?
There is a common misconception that sedation causes patients to divulge hidden secrets and say silly things. While this is highly unlikely, you and your child can trust our dental team to keep any information confidential. Should your child say something uncanny while under sedation, rest assured it will not go beyond the treatment room.