Most children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. The office is designed for young people and Dr. Feldhaus has additional training in caring for children. Our staff chose to work in a pediatric dental office because they like children. These elements combine to make your child feel relaxed and special.
However, sometimes, a child may feel anxious before and during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may be given to relax the pediatric patient during dental procedures. Injectable anesthesia still needs to be used to work on the teeth, but the nitrous has been found to relax the young patient during the injection. This nitrous oxide/oxygen is sometimes known as laughing gas. It is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide . The nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a mask that is placed over the child's nose. This allows them to relax, but they can still communicate with the doctor. The patient is not put to sleep. The nitrous oxide/oxygen is a very safe and effective way to ease the pediatric dental patient's anxiety. The gas is mild and is easily eliminated after the child breathes oxygen and has no lingering effects. It is nonaddictive and the patient is completely normal after the procedure. This procedure is especially helpful in the very young patient. This is an optional treatment that is not normally covered by insurance and it is discussed prior to treatment with patient. A child will not receive nitrous oxide/oxygen with out parent's permission.
IN OFFICE MOBILE ANESTHESIA
There are times when a very young child needs a lot of dental work, or a physically or mentally challenged patient needs dental care. In our office, we do not sedate every child that needs a lot of dental work. Our goal is to treat every patient in a safe and comfortable situation. We want your child to have a pleasant experience that does not cause him to have a future fear of the dentist. Our decision on how to teat a child is dictated by what is in the best interest of child. If a family would like their child to uses general anesthesia, we do have a pediatric anesthesiologist that comes to our office and does in-office sedation. The name of their group is Mobile Anesthesia Care. They are a division of Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City. This is a wonderful way to do full mouth rehabilitation in one visit in a comfortable setting of our dental office. The parent is with the child when he is "put to sleep" and when he wakes up. Dr. Feldhaus performs all of the dentistry on your child while he is under general anesthesia with the anesthesiologist. The patient goes home and is back to normal activities by that evening. Dr. Feldhaus will be happy to discuss this option of treatment more with you at an office visit.
OUTPATIENT GENERAL ANESTHESIA
Another option of treatment for your child is to have his dental work completed under general anesthesia at Children's Mercy Hospital. Dr. Feldhaus has been on staff at Children's Mercy Hospital for the past 35 years. If you choose this alternative, a pediatric anesthesiologist puts your child to sleep and Dr. Feldhaus does the dental work in the operation room at Children's Mercy. This is a great way to do a lot of dental work on the young child all at one time and then go home that same day. This is an especially good way to have dentistry done on the medically compromised patient. Feel free to discuss this option with Dr. Feldhaus if you are interested.