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Subject:  Re: Retiring on Dental Sedation Date:  7/13/2012  12:34 PM
Author:  ptheland Number:  70824 of 94988

When our son was younger, he had to have quite a bit of dental work (2 extractions, something like 6 fillings and a crown). The first dentist we went to talked about sedation, but when we showed up for the procedure, all she had ready was novacaine (or something similar). She was going to attempt all that work with just physical restraints. I stopped the work after she administered the novacaine and didn't even have nitrous ready. I don't mind the restraints, but I wasn't going to subject my son to that kind of torture.

We walked out on that dentist and never looked back.

The one we finally settled on actually had nitrous available, but suggested general anesthesia for that much work. She said it's easier on the kid and on her, letting her do a better job. She has a pediatric anesthesiologist she calls in for this. That sealed the deal for us. I knew that having a second professional in the room to keep an eye on things was the way to go. The anesthesia wasn't covered by his insurance, but it was the best $900 out of pocket we've spent on him.

The anesthesiologist let me stay with my son until he was out to comfort him, and the dentist was done in less than an hour. We've stuck with that dentist ever since.

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