frequently asked questions

Why did my dentist refer me to Children's Dental Surgery Center?

The Children's Dental Surgery Center provides an alternative for young patients who otherwise cannot be treated under conventional means.

Why does my child need a referral prior to scheduling a consultation?

A potential patient must be evaluated by a dentist or physician in order to determine if the patient is indicated for dentistry under general anesthesia.

Why do I need a consultation?

A consultation is required before a surgical appointment is given. The patient undergoes a dental and medical evaluation and the parents are given instructions to prepare for the appointment.

Why would a child need sedation or general anesthesia just to have teeth fixed?

Ask your dentist to explain all treatment options and their benefits and risks. Sedation or general anesthesia is usually recommended to make delivery of that required treatment possible in a safe and comfortable manner.


What kind of training do the doctors have?

Our doctors are specialty trained in the safe administration of pediatric dental care under general anesthesia.


How long does it take?

The total length of time varies with each child and depends on the amount of dental treatment needed and the time it takes your child to recover.


Have any children been injured from complications of sedation or anesthesia while undergoing pediatric dental surgery?

Pediatric Dentists and Dental Anesthesiologists have an extensive safety record in anesthesia procedures. At this time, we are not aware of a single case of morbidity or mortality when the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines have been followed conscientiously.


How do I prepare my children for their appointment?

At the consultation, pre-operative instructions will be given and reviewed.


Why can't my child eat or drink before surgery?

The safest way for your child to receive anesthesia is on an empty stomach. Eating or drinking after the restricted times given to you will cause the cancellation of your child's surgery.


What if my child has a cold or is exposed to a disease before surgery?

Should your child develop a cold or flu-like symptoms anytime before the surgery, please contact our office. A visit to the pediatrician may be recommended.


Where do I go after my child's treatment is completed at CDSC?

The patient is referred back to the referring office for a 6-month recall appointment. The regular dentist will continue providing dental treatment providing there is no longer a need for general anesthesia.

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