Children are constantly learning, and through their experiences developing a unique view of the world around them. Early formative experiences, such as visits to the dentist, can impact the way in which they view dentistry in the future. If a child is uncooperative, overly anxious or fearful, or just in need of extensive treatment or surgery, the use of general anesthesia can help. Hospital dentistry will minimize medicinal risk and protect your child’s developing mind by inhibiting the formation of negative associations between painful or scary procedures and the treatment of their dental problems. Depending on your child’s age, anxiety level, severity of dental disease, and other factors, dentistry with general anesthesia may be your best choice.
Many children can benefit from hospital-based dentistry with general anesthesia, especially if they are uncooperative, overly anxious, or have special health care needs including sensory processing disorders. If you think your little one may be a candidate for anesthesia during their dental treatment, or you want your child to avoid any negative memories when it comes to dental care, visit Shady Grove Pediatric Dentistry to discuss your hospital dentistry options.
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Not necessarily. Some situations require that a child be treated under general anesthesia, and most dental offices do not have the equipment or the certification to carry that out. Some children may have coping or cooperation issues, an exceedingly complex procedure, or could just be too young to handle the treatment they require.
Dr. Ball’s extensive training and accomplishments in the field of pediatric dentistry have allowed her to maintain hospital privileges, so your child can receive any and every dental treatment from the same doctor whom you and your child already trust. That’s Dr. Ball’s philosophy of continuity of compassionate care for children.
Dr. Ball’s commitment to helping children does not stop at the doors of her dental practice. A portion of the proceeds from every new patient visit will be donated to St. Jude's in order to support the fight to end childhood cancer.