Pediatric Dental Sedation Ruffles Feathers Among Dentists

Pediatric dental sedationDentists are divided over pediatric dental sedation. Our survey found that half of dentists approve of pediatric sedation dentistry (with proper training, of course), while one in three feels a general dentist should never sedate a child.

“Kids are a different breed from adults when it comes to sedation, and you REALLY have to have thorough training to sedate them,” said one dentist.

Among survey respondents, 54% say it’s a great treatment modality that requires proper training; 11% are still am not certain of its safety; and 35% think general dentists should not be performing pediatric sedation.

Here’s a sample of what dentists had to say about pediatric dental sedation:

  • “It is a great way to treat children. However, weekend courses do not give one adequate training to sedate children; one needs to be formally trained.” (Arizona pediatric dentist)
  • “Proper training and the use of modern equipment are the key.” (California dentist)
  • “This is the most delicate group of all patients, and the one that GP’s should be very cautious when treated. This also is the group that has the most incidents when sedation is performed.”(Florida dentist)
  • “It should be done more often.” (Orthodontist)
  • “Just ask an anesthesiologist. They all say NO!!! No one should!!!” (Massachusetts pediatric dentist)
  • “I am a pediatric dentist. I used to offer it in my practice. I have stopped since 2004. I recommend that it is used ONLY in a hospital setting.” (Massachusetts pediatric dentist)
  • “There are a small number of general dentists who will obtain the necessary training to SAFELY provide sedation services for children, but I can’t for the life of me understand why they would want to.” (California oral surgeon)
  • “There is no excuse for inadequate training. You must be on top of your game and realize it is not successful all the time. Still will need a source where pedodontics can be done under a general anesthetic.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “Pediatric sedation should be performed only in a hospital setting and only for special-needs children. The rest of children do great if you will only be patient with them and do ‘show and tell.’ The most difficult children always, and I mean always, do great and overcome their fear if you give them time and love and show them how trust works.” (California children’s dentist)

Read more: Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Causes Disagreement Among Dentists

Listen to what Dr. Michael Silverman has to say about DOCS Education’s evolving stance on the subject: Dental Continuing Education for Pediatric Sedation

Dentists: Do You Treat Kids? (video)

pediatric dentistry The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if they treat pediatric patients.

Pediatric dentistry isn’t as profitable as cosmetic dentistry, but it’s rarely about the money.

Pediatric dentistry is a good thing to do for your community, but only if you like doing it.

“If you treat children like gold, you’ll see their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well!” said a Virginia dentist.

Pediatric dental patients can provide a whole new set of family patients. But not all doctors are cut out to be a children’s dentist.

“I break out in hives when I treat anyone under 18!” said an Indiana dentist.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the full survey results –

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists Offer

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists OfferWhen asked what services their dental practice offers, the dentists who responded with cosmetic dentistry were the clear majority in this survey.

More aging baby boomers are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, which may explain the increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental implants are the most popular dental treatment among this demographic for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth.

A California dentist shared, “More than half of our practice is dental implants now!”

Here at The Wealthy Dentist, we were curious what services dentists are currently offering. The top services offered by dentists who responded to this survey are cosmetic, tooth whitening, dental implants, dentures, and children’s dentistry.

Here’s a breakdown of the services dentists are offering —

List of Services Dentists Offer

Dentists were disappointed that other services were not included in this survey, like Botox, oral cancer screenings, or offering custom mouthguards for patient athletes.

One prosthodontist noted, “Oral cancer screening and testing was not on the survey list. Also, it would be interesting to know how many offices provide Botox.”

A general dentist responded that he now offers same day service for CEREC restorations as part of his dental practice services.

Another dentist answered tongue-in-cheek, “I don’t offer gum disease, I treat it.”

What dental services does your dental practice offer? Has the demand for cosmetic dentistry increased?

Where is your dental marketing focused?

Pediatric Dentistry: Most Dentists Treat Kids

Pediatric dentistsMost dentists treat pediatric patients, found our recent survey. Ninety-five percent treat teens, and two out of three treat kids under 6.

“Pedodontists make their money the old fashioned way – they earn it!” opined one general dentist.

“I love caring for kids,” said one dentist, while another said, “I break out in hives when I treat anyone under 18.”

Here’s what else dentists had to say about children’s dentistry:Children's dentistry

  • “If you treat children like gold, you’ll see their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well!” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Life is too short.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “If they can be reasoned with and kept calm with nitrous, I’ll treat them. I don’t treat anyone that is screaming and crying, and I don’t care how old they are!! Be calm, or take drugs!!” (Michigan dentist)
  • “It seems like parents readily spend money on their kids but compromise on themselves if required.” (Endodontist)
  • “If you do not enjoy treating them, then don’t! They know you do not like it and they get traumatized.” (Illinois pediatric dentist)

Read more: Dentistry for Children Offered by Most Dental Practices

BPA Safety in Dental Sealants Worries Some Dentists (video)

BPA safety concerns about dental sealants and compositeOne dentist in four reports being very concerned about the issue of bisphenol-A (the problem chemical in water bottles and baby bottles) in dental composite and dental sealants in this survey.

Because children may be particularly sensitive to the hormone-like effects of BPA, this issue is of particular concern for the pediatric dentist.

Read more: Bisphenol-A in Dental Composite Worries Dentists

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