DENTAL TREATMENT UNDER SEDATION AND GENERAL ANESTHESIA
Dental treatment under sedation or general anesthesia is recommended to children when numerous teeth need to be restored and the young patient is completely uncooperative. With these two methods the young patient will have no traumatic memory of dental treatment so a healthy and good relationship with dental providers will be established for the rest of his life.
SEDATION (ORAL OR INTRAVENOUS)
It is strictly recommended for children over 4 years of age and with some cooperation for dental treatment. With use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and sedative medication through the mouth or IV, the patient still has his/her consciousness while the general anesthesia is performed. It is the ideal treatment for phobic patients or patients with high anxiety who intend to cooperate but do not control their dental fear. The greatest advantage is that the patient has NO recollection of dental treatment even though he is not unconscious.
Treatment under general anesthesia is recommended for children under the age of 4 and special needs patients who require an excessive dental treatment. It is a COMPLETELY safe method for the young patient. In the hospital, the patient is fully monitored by an anesthesiologist and the dental treatment is completed with the highest standards. Children with severe childhood caries and patients with special needs benefit the most, since they would need a lot of appointments on the dental chair with uncertain results and a very traumatic experience. For the procedure it is absolutely necessary the patient has medical clearance from his/her pediatrician. The whole procedure will last 1-2 hours depending on the extent of dental care. After 2-3 hours the patient can go home with the parents/guardians because there is no need for overnight hospitalization.
Happy Tooth Dental Clinic performs both of these procedures in cooperation with Mediterraneo Hospital in Glyfada (http://www.mediterraneohospital.gr ) . Mediterraneo Hospital is a modern medical clinic with high end facilities that specialized for many years in the field of dental treatment under sedation or general anesthesia to adults. Now Mediaterraneo provides us with the opportunity to treat very young patients under the supervision of highly trained medical personnel and the use of high quality medical apparatus.