Providing sedation for patients with special needs fits well into our general practice philosophy: that it’s paramount that each of our patients receives the care he or she needs, safely and comfortably.
At Scott 72 Dental, our North Delta dentists provide the same high quality dental care to each and every patient. We adapt how we provide that care based on individual needs, and this applies to our patients with special needs, too!
The comfort and safety of our patients with special needs is our top concern when we are treating them. We offer various anesthesia and sedation options at our dental office.
How can sedation help?
Undergoing dental treatment can be difficult or impossible for many of our patients with special needs, for a wide range of medical, mental, physical or psychological reasons.
Sedation or anesthesia allows many of these patients to undergo necessary dental care they might otherwise not be able to tolerate.
We most commonly use dental sedation for patients with special needs for the following reasons:
- Lack of cooperation
- Cognitive impairments
- Multiple morbidities (co-occurring diseases)
- Pediatric autism
How does the sedation process work?
We start by getting to know our patients, to make sure that they are cared for in a manner that works for their particular personality and needs. Depending on our patient's need and age, we may also discuss treatment options with a responsible family member or guardian.
Patients who have severe restrictions or various medical problems will be evaluated by an anesthesiologist prior to undergoing treatment with anesthesia.
Whatever the type of sedation ultimately selected, the patient will be carefully monitored throughout the procedure by an appropriate dental professional.
We require all patients undergoing sedation dentistry of any kind to be escorted to and from the appointment by a friend, family member or guardian, as most types of sedation take some time to wear off.