If your child requires IV sedation dentistry services, your dentist will send us a referral. If you are interested in this service for your child and were not referred, please contact our office and we will be happy to go over options and contact your dentist for the treatment plan needed to ensure that Sleepy Owl Dentistry is the right fit for your child.
Once we receive the referral we will contact you via phone within 1 business day to discuss the process, answer any questions that you may have, and begin the scheduling process.
Prior to scheduling, we require that all of our patients are cleared for sedation by their pediatrician. We have a one-page history & physical (H&P) form that the pediatrician should complete. We will send you this form to bring to your pediatrician for completion, or our office can fax it directly to your pediatrician office if you prefer. Once the form is completed, please send us a copy of the form or ask your pediatrician to fax it to our office.
We will then contact you to officially schedule your child's appointment. We will add your child to the day for surgery, and call a week prior to confirm the time of the appointment. We schedule surgeries starting with an arrival of 6:45am until 1:15pm.
What to Expect
On the day of your child's scheduled appointment, your child will have a consultation with Dr. Eric and we will perform their dental work on the same day - so only one trip to our office should be needed!
You and your child will be brought to a pre-op room where Dr Eric will discuss the treatment plan, discuss the procedure, and go over any questions that you may have. Our anesthesiologist will then meet with you and your child, go over their medical history, listen to their heart and lungs and ensure we have the correct information and discuss the anesthesiology process.
Your child will then be given an injection into their arm which will calm them, allowing the anesthesiologist to place an IV to begin the procedure. Your child will be given the injection while with you, and once they are 'asleep' they will be taken to the OR by our team. Parents, or guardians, will return to the lobby during the procedure and will be provided updates by our team.
Once your child is asleep and being monitored by our anesthesiology team, we may perform new x-rays, to ensure that any dental work your child needs is completed at this appointment. If the treatment plan is varied than what was originally anticipated prior to the x-rays or detailed exam, a member of the clinical team will come to the lobby to discuss this with you.
After the procedure is complete, your child will move to a recovery room where you will be brought back to their side as they wake up. A member of the clinical team will be present with you to monitor your child as they wake up and to discuss discharge instructions. The dentist will come in and discuss the treatment performed.
As your child wakes up more and is safe to discharge (usually about 30 minutes), we will assist your child to your vehicle to head home.
Things to Note:
We are a dental surgery center and while we strive to ensure that patients are seen as close to their scheduled appointment time, occasionally we do run behind. Our team will do our best to keep you informed as much as possible should we run into delays. The entire process from check-in to discharge can take 2-3 hours, so please ensure you do not have any conflicts on the day of your child's appointment. If a school or work note is needed, our team will be happy to provide these to you.
We ask that arrangements be made for siblings or other children on the day of the appointment when possible.
The parent, or legal guardian, must remain on-site at our office during the entire duration of the procedure.