Behavior management refers to the way we manage to bring happiness and comfort to even the most anxious dental patients. Our goal is for your child to feel comfortable, happy and safe in the dental environment. Children manage their fears differently based on their age, and many other factors. They also understand dental environments up to a certain point. For example, most of the infants and toddlers up to 3 years old that have never been to the dentist will cry if placed alone on the dental chair due to separation anxiety from their mother/father and because of the new environment. We use different methods to accommodate them depending of their level of understanding and cooperation. For example, desensitization works very well for toddlers, and knee-to-knee is an ideal fit for a baby. During desensitization a child will be introduced to the dental team and dental instruments and materials gradually during a couple of visits until the child becomes used to it all and allows treatment. For more information about behavioral techniques and definitions please refer to the forms section.
If none of these methods work, our doctors will recommend the treatment to be performed under general anesthesia.
Dr Cabel is affiliated with Joe DiMaggio Children Hospital in Hollywood, Fl giving her the privileges to perform dental surgeries in the hospital.
Usually the dental treatments under general anesthesia take between 2-3 hours as an outpatient (meaning that your child will go home the same day). The advantage is that your child will have all the teeth restored in one day without the need of multiple visits in the office.
How does it work?
You will arrive at the hospital couple of hours before the surgery in order to fill out the forms and accommodate your child. The hospital will call you the day before to give you instructions on how your child should be care for before the surgery and to communicate the exact hour of the arrival. Make sure you allow yourself a full day out of your schedule since there are more cases with different doctors before and after your child. When your child is ready the nurse will be giving him or her a “sleepy juice” (liquid medicine) that will help in not remembering too much of the next step. Afterwards you child will be accompanied by the doctors into the surgery room and you will be able to wait in the waiting room until the surgery is over. The dentist will then come and explain how did everything went and how to care for your child after you get home.
What to expect next?
Your child can be in discomfort for couple of hours. Usually regular pain medication over the counter resolves the issue and your child should be in a good shape by the afternoon. We’ll also set a follow up appointment in two weeks at the office and the regular 6 month cleaning appointments.
Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.