Sedation & Hospital Dentistry

Jenison Pediatric Dentist

At Grand River Pediatric Dentistry, we work to establish trust and rapport with our patients and families.  It is important for our Jenison, MI dental team to communicate directly with your child in order for us to get to know them, and for them to become comfortable with us.  Many children are able to cooperate well for a variety of dental procedures in the office using specific communication techniques.  These can include a pre-appointment visit, “tell-show-do” where we explain our procedures to your child in an age-appropriate manner, positive reinforcement and distraction with funny stories or songs.

Occasionally, some children are unable to cooperate for dental treatment using these approaches.  In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) guidelines, and in discussion with you, Dr. Vollmar and Dr. Condit may recommend other options for your son or daughter that will facilitate a positive experience.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication that can help reduce anxiety, enhance communication and increase tolerance for longer appointments. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also can reduce sensitivity to pain, however numbing medicine is still often needed. It is not intended to put your child to sleep, and they will still be able to respond and interact with our team. Nitrous oxide has a very safe track record, regardless of age.

Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of nitrous oxide which will cause rapid and complete recovery within minutes. Following the procedure, your child will be able to return to school.

For more information about using sedation dentistry for your child’s dental treatment, contact Grand River Pediatric Dentistry.

General Anesthesia and Hospital Dentistry

During your child’s visit, pediatric dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar, will make recommendations tailored to your child’s dental needs based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Some children may require dental care while asleep to facilitate a positive relationship with the dentist and allow safe and effective treatment.

With treatment under general anesthesia, either in the office or in the hospital setting, your child will be asleep during the procedure and closely monitored by a qualified anesthesia team. Pediatric dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar are credentialed with Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the South Pavilion Surgery Center. Your child will not feel any pain and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear during the procedure. Pediatric dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar will discuss this option after a careful review of your child’s medical and dental history. Our Jenison, MI dental team will work with you to determine if this is the most appropriate way to promote a safe and positive experience for your son or daughter. Should your child require dental care in a hospital setting, our team will provide you with all the information you need. Grand River Pediatric Dentistry is always happy to answer your questions regarding your child’s dental care.

For more information about using sedation dentistry for your child’s dental treatment, contact Grand River Pediatric Dentistry.