Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
Kurt Halum DMD is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your child’s teeth. Your child’s response to their dental experiences can make a lasting impression – a positive experience will help your child feel confident when visiting a dentist. Some children may be unable, because of fear or inability, to cope with dental treatments, or may make uncontrolled movements that could cause injury to the child. Others may develop such a fear that they will have trouble cooperating during future visits or even refuse treatment. These children may be more comfortable and safe with sedation.
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a very safe sedative that allows a mildly nervous child to become calm but still awake and able to talk to the dentist. A mask is placed over the child’s nose and as they breathe, the child relaxes. The effects wear off quickly due to oxygen being used to dissipate the nitrous. The system is digitally controlled so nitrous is given at small amount to calm and relax anxious children.
- Hospital Dentistry. If the dental treatment is extensive or difficult and the child cannot be calm enough or is unable to understand directions to tolerate the treatment, a general anesthesia may be recommended. General anesthesia will allow the child to remain asleep during the procedure and not feel any pain or remember the treatment. This procedure is done by a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist that sedates the children in the hospital’s safe and controlled operating room.
Dr. Halum performs the treatments in under an hour and it is an out-patient procedure scheduled on Friday mornings at St. Margaret’s hospital (north campus) in Hammond, IN. Ask our Operative Manager, Nicole, for more details.