Pediatric dental surgery may sound scary, but it does not need to be. Our goal at East Brunswick Pediatric Dentistry is to ensure all children receive the best possible care. Some children are well served during regular dental visits, while others may need more intensive surgery. Pediatric dental surgery in East Brunswick, NJ is a coordinated team effort, with parents being vital members of the team. Our specialists understand that children are not little adults and have unique needs.
What Conditions May Require Dental Surgery?
- Cleft palates
- Broken teeth and oral trauma
- Craniofacial deformities – jaw, facial, and bite deformities
- Supernumerary teeth and mesiodens
- Unerupted and impacted teeth
- Oral structural abnormalities such as maxillary, mandibular labial, and mandibular lingual frenum
- Periodontal disease
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation allows dentists to perform many dental surgeries with their patients being fully relaxed. Patients with dental anxiety or special needs have three options for sedation. The safety and comfort of the child are two of our top priorities.
- Nitrous oxide is a safe, mild sedative that helps children stay calm during procedures. Oxygen mixes with the nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and is delivered by mask throughout the procedure. Children must be able to breathe through their nose. It takes about 5 minutes to take effect and produce the “happy” feeling associated with nitrous oxide. After the procedure, pure oxygen runs for about 5 minutes to clear the gas from the child’s system.
- Oral sedatives are taken by mouth or given through the nose. It is important that children do not eat or drink for a certain period of time before their appointment. These sedatives keep patients calm and relaxed but also cause drowsiness. It takes about 20 minutes for the medicine to take effect.
- IV sedation is often used during longer or more complicated procedures. Medicine is usually given through a needle inserted into a vein in the arm or hand. Children are monitored closely to determine if more medicine is needed during the procedure to maximize comfort.
Serving Children and Their Adults
When children and adults know what to expect, they often handle the different aspects of pediatric dental surgery better. Our goal is to reduce anxiety for all involved, so we work hard to keep families informed and involved. Parent education empowers the parents to help their children prepare for dental procedures.
What to Expect
A team member begins the process by recording the weight, height, and blood pressure of the patient. A dentist and possibly an anesthesiologist meet with the family to review medical information, review the procedure and answer questions. The appropriate sedation is then administered. Depending on the procedure, you may only be able to stay with the child until they are very drowsy. The child is monitored closely for changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels.
After the procedure is complete, parents or guardians will stay with their child until the medication wears off. Recovery time from any form of anesthesia is different for each child. It is normal for children to be upset or confused as the sedatives wear off. Nausea and vomiting are also common and will subside as the medication clears the system, though children may still be drowsy, dizzy, or a bit nauseous when they get home.
If you have questions about pediatric dental surgery in East Brunswick, NJ, please reach out to us at (732) 238-5100. We are here to support children and families through the dental surgery process.