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Treatment Options

Reducing Fears     |    Nitrous Oxide     |    Conscious Sedation     |    Outpatient General Anesthesia

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Reducing Fears

Dr. Verhagen understands parent’s concerns about the fears their children have in regard to receiving dental care.

The office environment a child enters into plays a big part in reducing anxiety. When children are at ease in their surroundings they tend to adopt a more relaxed attitude. Our office has been designed especially for children. They feel right at home with the open atmosphere, cheerful bright colors and of course, the fish tank with Nemo and Dori.

Communicating with children on their level is one of the most important ways to reduce their fears. Through advanced education and experience, we have become excellent communicators with children. We constantly apply a technique known as “Tell-Show-Do”. We tell the child what we are going to do in terms they can easily understand. Then we demonstrate it to them. And then we do it. The technique is as effective as it is simple. It takes a bit more time but the results are well worth it.

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Nitrous Oxide

Most children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is place over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. We always place a smell in the mask such as strawberry, watermelon or cinnamon. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing is quickly eliminated from the body. It is not a drug and is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen your child remains fully conscious, is able to communicate and follow verbal requests, and keeps all natural reflexes.

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Outpatient General Anesthesia

In certain situations general anesthesia offers the best and safest method to deliver dental care. With the aid of general anesthesia Dr. Verhagen is able to provide all the necessary dental treatment while the child is asleep and monitored by an Anesthesiologist. Outpatient general anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children and children with special needs. We provide this care at the Hackley Hospital campus of Mercy Health Partners.

At Hackley Hospital, an anesthesiologist will provide general anesthesia, which will put your child to sleep. All the dental work will be completed at that one appointment while your child is asleep. We will do the necessary fillings, extractions, x-rays, cleaning and fluoride treatment.

The dental treatment will be done on an out-patient basis which means your child will have an early morning appointment and go home that same day.

There are three fees involved when doing dental treatment in the hospital.

  1. 1. Dental Fee: This fee is for the dental work to be done in your child’s mouth (fillings, crowns, extractions, etc.). The dental fee is generally covered by your dental insurance. We will be glad to submit a predetermination to your dental insurance company to determine how much they will pay and what portion you will be responsible for.
  2. 2. Anesthesia Fee: This fee is for the Anesthesiologist who puts your child to sleep in the operating room. This fee is generally covered by your medical insurance. Our office will request authorization from your medical insurance company.
  3. 3. Hospital Fee: This fee is for the use of the operating room, recovery room and nursing staff. This fee is generally covered by your medical insurance. Our office will request authorization from your medical insurance company.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 780-3200 ext. 3.

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