Once a referral has been made by your dentist, a member of the Dental Sedation Solutions team will invite you to a pre-operative assessment to discuss your child's needs and ensure they are suitable for sedation.
Your experienced sedation dentist Dr Shilpa Shah will hold the assessment at Victoria Clinic where we will count your child's teeth, and record their height and weight. We will discuss what sedation options are suitable and answer any questions, queries or concerns before going ahead with any treatment. We will provide you with a treatment plan and all the necessary documents such as pre and post-operative information and consent forms at this visit.
We will give your child homework such as practising breathing in and out through their nose whilst keeping their mouth open; this is important, so they are familiar and confident on the day of treatment.
The acclimatisation visit is often carried out at the pre-assessment. IF your child has a high level of dental anxiety this may be recommended as an additional appointment so that your child has enough time to become comfortable in our environment. During this appointment, your child will be able to feel and hold the happy air mask in their hands and practise wearing it so they are familiar with how it feels.
We will provide preventative advice so that you are best informed on how to prevent dental diseases from developing in future.
They are also introduced to the dental chair, dental equipment and the Wand (painless anaesthesia machine). This appointment allows children to become more confident at the dentist and ask questions to make them feel more at ease.
It is important that your child is in good health and does not have a runny or blocked nose so that they can breathe in the happy air.
We ask that your child does not eat in the two hours before the appointment. A small light snack is preferable if required. Our sedation nurse will greet you and check you have followed instructions correctly.
On the day of the appointment, we suggest bringing in a cuddly toy, a game, some headphones for music and a small blanket to maximise comfort.
Once we have everything set up, we will get them comfortable, place the mask on and guide them through breathing in the happy air sedation. This can make them feel warm and tingly and sometimes giggle. They will be monitored closely by our team.
Once the happy air has taken effect, we will give you some sunglasses and use some special flavoured cream on your gum to make it tingle, we will then put your tooth to sleep using our magic wand!
This step is pain-free and you won't feel a thing during the treatment but your face will feel numb in the area. You will be able to talk if you need to.
It's now time to have your dental treatment.
When your treatment is finished, we will give you 2 minutes of pure oxygen at the end of treatment. You sit back and relax in our comfy chair for ten minutes and once you feel ok you can go home!
After sedation, it is normal to feel sleepy and tired.
We make sure you feel 100% before you leave our clinic.