Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

We understand that it is too difficult for young children to understand and endure a dental procedure. With the sounds, tastes and fear of pain normally associated with a dental visit, a child can develop negative reactions toward going to the dentist. Other factors that can elicit increased stress for a child include the need for several dental restorations (fillings, bonding, crowns, etc.) and the need for multiple office visits to complete these restorations. We offer sedation dentistry for our more apprehensive patients. Sedation dentistry not only helps anxious patients relax, but also increases their cooperation needed for successful, safe treatment.

We offer different levels of sedation based on the needs of your child. With oral sedation (conscious sedation) we are able to help ensure your child will feel as comfortable as possible during their dental treatment. Dr. Bird or her associates will evaluate your child to determine the best type of sedation should be used for your child. Dr. Bird provides oral sedation for those patients who need it.


Dental Anesthesiology

Patients who may be helped by a Dentist Anesthesiologist:

  • Autism and autism-spectrum disorders
  • ADHD
  • Acute fear/phobia about dentistry
  • Developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome
  • Communications limitations
  • Inability to understand and follow simple instructions
  • A need for extensive treatment or restoration who might otherwise have to endure many appointments

What is a Dentist Anesthesiologist?

Dentist Anesthesiologists are dentists who undergo extensive post-graduate training in anesthesiology. They receive post-doctoral training in a medical setting and follow the same protocols and procedures that you would find in a hospital. They may work with other dentists in general and specialty practice to enable patients who have difficulty getting traditional dental care to be treated safely, humanely and thoroughly. They use state-of-the-art operating room patient monitors to continuously observe heartbeat and breathing along with other advanced equipment to keep you comfortable and safe.

But is it Safe?

Dentist Anesthesiologists received post-doctoral training in a medical setting, and follow the same protocols and procedures that would be used in a hospital. They use hospital-grade operating room patient monitors to continuously observe the patient’s heartbeat and breathing along with other equipment to keep patients comfortable and safe. The safety procedures mirror what happens in a hospital operating room. The safety record of in-office anesthesia administered by a Dentist Anesthesiologist is unsurpassed by any other system of anesthesia delivery.

Information Provided by ASDA – American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologist


Will my insurance help cover the costs?

General Anesthesia is considered a medical procedure and typically WILL NOT be covered under your dental plan. However, many medical insurance plans will cover a portion of the anesthesia fee. We encourage you to contact your insurance carrier regarding coverage. We will provide any and all information directly to your insurance provider should they request it.

What are the risks?

Your child’s safety is our number one priority! Like any medical procedure, there are certain risks involved and we will go over each of them with you and answer all of your questions. Rest assured that Dr. Bird and her staff provide the same quality of anesthesia administered in a hospital or surgery center and are fully equipped and trained to safely manage any complication that may arise.

Where will treatment take place?

Treatment will take place in your dentist’s office, where your child is already familiar with the staff and surroundings. We provide your child with a friendly and comfortable environment from the time you arrive until your child is ready to go home.

May I call with additional questions?

We are available any time; day or night to answer all of your questions and help you become 100% comfortable and confident with your decision.