My Child Needs Oral Surgery: Now What?

My Child Needs Oral Surgery: Now What?

It’s fairly rare for kids to require oral surgery, but it does happen. Maybe they have an impacted tooth that needs to be extracted or they were born with tongue-tie. Or maybe they have an infection that we need to reach in order to treat it. Whatever the case may be, hearing that your child needs a procedure is enough to get any parent’s heart racing.

Fortunately, we can help. With a unique blend of specialization in both family dentistry and oral surgery, our caring, compassionate dentistry team can walk through the process with you. Plus, we offer oral surgery for children from the comfort of our office in Livonia, Michigan. That means your child can get the procedure they need in a familiar environment. 

To ease your mind about your child’s upcoming oral surgery, let’s look at some key things you should know. 

The right level of sedation

We strive to find the sweet spot between ensuring your child is completely comfortable and keeping them safe. That means we choose the lowest level of anesthetic or sedation possible to keep your child relaxed and pain-free during their surgery. 

Depending on the procedure your child needs, we might recommend a local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation, which both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) say are safe for children

To ensure we pick the right level of sedation for your child, we talk with you beforehand. You can tell us about their pain tolerance, their history with sedatives, and any concerns you might have. Our goal is to partner with you to keep your child safe and comfortable while simultaneously easing your mind. 

The best tools for your child

As specialists in minimally invasive laser surgery, our team has the expertise needed to employ the most leading-edge tools, like dental lasers, during your child’s procedure. This allows us to be more precise while causing less damage to your child’s mouth. As a result, we can minimize the risk of complications and give them a shorter, less painful recovery period.

For example, we use our dental surgery laser in tongue-tie procedures. This allows us to cauterize the soft tissue as we cut, minimizing bleeding and helping the area to heal quickly.

We have both the tools and experience necessary to tailor the procedure for your child’s specific needs. We can talk with you before the procedure about what’s involved and what you should expect afterward. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s upcoming oral surgery, don’t hesitate to call our office in Livonia, Michigan. 

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