Pediatric Hospital Dentistry

If your little one cannot receive dental care in a traditional dental office, our practice offers gentle and effective dental treatment for young children, and those with special needs, at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. 

As a pediatric dentist, I am trained to understand the specific needs of children who need dental care but cannot cooperate for safe dental treatment. Through hospital dentistry, you can eliminate the struggles and trauma that can lead to a lifetime fear of dental treatment for your child.

Is hospital dentistry right for my child?

Pediatric hospital dentistry services are ideal for:

  • Physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged children who are unable to hold still for dental treatment
  • Children who have a severe gag reflex
  • Children with complex medical conditions that make it unsafe to receive dental care in an office situation
  • Children who have allergies to local anesthetics or experience difficulty achieving numbness

For these situations, the use of general anesthesia may be the best option for your family.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia will put your child into a deep sleep. He or she will be unable to feel pain or move around. General anesthesia for dental procedures will be provided by an anesthesiologist in the hospital operating room. These specialists are trained to deliver medication, monitor your child during the procedure, and handle any complications that may occur.

All dental treatment will be completed at that one appointment while your son or daughter is asleep.  We will do the necessary fillings, extractions, X-rays, cleaning, and fluoride treatment. This is done on an out-patient basis, which means your child will go home the same day.

To prepare your youngster for general anesthesia, follow the guidelines given to you by our office regarding food and fluid intake before and after the procedure. Discuss the procedure with your child using simple terms that he or she can understand.

Let your child rest quietly at home after the procedure. He or she will probably be ready to resume a normal schedule the next day.

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