Sedation Instructions - Dental Sedation

Sedation Instructions for our Sheer Smiles parents

Sedation Instructions to help parents with services to infants, toddlers, teens and children with special needs. Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located in Frisco, Texas and we proudly serve the surrounding cities of Little Elm, The Colony, Plano, Prosper, and Oak Point.




Sedation Instructions for our Sheer Smiles parents

Sedation Instructions to help parents with services to infants, toddlers, teens and children with special needs. Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located in Frisco, Texas and we proudly serve the surrounding cities of Little Elm, The Colony, Plano, Prosper, and Oak Point.




Sedation Instructions

In contrast to general anesthesia (which renders the child unconscious), dental sedation is only intended to reduce the child’s anxiety and discomfort during dental visits.  In some cases, the child may become drowsy or less active while sedated, but this will quickly desist after the procedure is completed.

When is sedation used?

Sedation is used in several circumstances.  Firstly, very young children are often unable to keep still for long enough for the pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely. Sedation makes the visit less stressful for both children and adults and vastly reduces the risk of injury.  Secondly, some children struggle to manage anxiety during dental appointments.  Sedation helps them to relax, cope, and feel happier about treatment.  Thirdly, sedation is particularly useful for children with special needs. It prevents spontaneous movement and guides cooperative behavior.

What about general anesthetic?

General anesthetic (which puts the child in a deep sleep), is rarely used in dental work unless:

A procedure cannot otherwise be performed safely.
The child has a condition which limits cooperation or the ability to follow instructions.
The child needs a lengthy treatment.
The child needs more complex dental treatment or oral surgery.

The most common types of sedation are?

Most pediatric dentists have several sedation options available, and each one comes with its own particular benefits. The dentist will assess the medical history of the child, the expected duration of the procedure, and the child’s comfort level before recommending a method of sedation.
Conscious sedation allows children to continually communicate, follow instructions, and cooperate during the entire procedure. The major methods of conscious sedation are described below:

Nitrous oxide

The pediatric dentist may recommend nitrous oxide (more commonly known as “laughing gas”) for children who exhibit particular signs of nervousness or anxiety. Nitrous oxide is delivered via a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose. Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen – meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Laughing gas relaxes children extremely quickly, and can produce happy euphoric behavior. It is also quick acting, painless to deliver, and wears off within a matter of minutes. Before removing the mask completely, the pediatric dentist delivers regular oxygen for several minutes, to ensure the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the child’s body. On rare occasions, nitrous oxide may cause nausea. For this reason, most pediatric dentists suggest minimal food intake prior to the appointment.

Oral sedation

Children who are uncooperative, particularly anxious, or unable to control their muscles for prolonged periods, may be offered an oral sedative. Oral sedatives come in many different forms (usually tablets, pills, and liquids), and may make the child feel drowsy. If oral sedatives are to be used, the pediatric dentist may require parents to prepare the child before the appointment. Some common preparatory measures may include: limiting food and fluid intake prior to the appointment, having the child wear comfortable clothing to the appointment, and preparing to stay with the child for several hours after the appointment. Oral sedatives rarely produce serious side effects – nausea is among the most common.

Other forms of conscious sedation

Other less common ways to administer sedatives include intravenous (IV sedation), the use of suppositories, and even the use of a nasal spray.  In most cases, the method of delivery may change, but the chemical nature of the sedative remains the same.

For more information on other options: Sedation Hospital Dentistry | Sedation Oral Conscious |


Sheer Smiles participates with most PPO insurance plans. Medicaid and CHIP accepted.

Dr. Shir will provide the best Pediatric Dentistry services for your child!

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
PROPHYLAXIS – CLEANING
SPORT MOUTHGUARDS
EXTRACTIONS
EMERGENCY CARE
FLOURIDE TREATMENT
SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE
SPACE MAINTAINERS

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS
ENDODONTIC TREATMENTS
FRENECTOMIES
SEALANT
COMPOSITE TOOTH FILLINGS
INTRAORAL CAMERA
DENTALVIBE
FULL COVERAGE CROWNS
HABIT THERAPY

Dr. Shir will provide the best Pediatric Dentistry services for your child!

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
PROPHYLAXIS – CLEANING
SPORT MOUTHGUARDS
EXTRACTIONS
EMERGENCY CARE
FLOURIDE TREATMENT
SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE
SPACE MAINTAINERS

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS
ENDODONTIC TREATMENTS
FRENECTOMIES
SEALANT
COMPOSITE TOOTH FILLINGS
INTRAORAL CAMERA
DENTALVIBE
FULL COVERAGE CROWNS
HABIT THERAPY

Same Day Pediatric Emergency Appointments!

Sudden dental injuries or severe pain can be frightening. In these emergency situations, we will be there to help your child, 24/7/365!

No Dental Insurance???

Our plan is designed to provide greater access to quality dental care at an affordable price.


Yearly maximums. None!

Deductibles. Whats that?

Claim forms. Nope!

Frequency limits? None!

No pre-authorization requirements.

Pre-existing condition limitations. None!

No one will be denied coverage.

No waiting periods (immediate eligibility).

 

For more details about what the plan includes, visit our Sheer Smiles VIP page

About Dr. Solmaz Shir, DDS

Presently, Dr. Solmaz Shir is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Shir, Received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Specifically, Dr. Solmaz Shir graduated from dental school with a distinction in academic teaching. After that, she received numerous leadership, academic, and dentistry awards. As a result, Dr. Solmaz Shir has held a position as part-time faculty at Baylor College of Dentistry while practicing general dentistry in private practice setting in DFW area.

Sheer Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Frisco, Texas Will Ensure Healthy Teeth for Your Kiddo!

Make sure you bring your child to Sheer Smiles Kids Pediatric Dental clinic, where quality and pricing are high and low!

Common Questions for Parents

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Why is it important to see a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist?
Every dentist undergoes the same initial educational process, but those looking to become specialists in certain fields (such as orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, or, of course, pediatric care) must then enter into additional years of advanced training so that they’re fully prepared to provide their patients with the best care possible. Here in Frisco, parents can rest assured that our doctors know how to handle the unique challenges that come with treating children and ensure healthy, happy results that last for years to come – in fact, all four are certified by the Texas State Board and are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Better yet, because our office is geared towards young patients, our fun atmosphere and amenities will be sure to make your child smile!

What Our Kids Parents Think About Us!

Dr. Shir was great…

Dr. Shir was great in taking care of my little one's tongue and lip tie. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. They definitely are thorough in explanations of the procedure that was going to be done and I would highly recommend them.

Vicky V. - Patients Mom

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Vicky V. - Patients Mom

Dr. Shir was great in taking care of my little one's tongue and lip tie. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. They definitely are thorough in explanations of the procedure that was going to be done and I would highly recommend them.

Best pediatric dental I have visited!

Everyone at Sheer Smiles is so welcoming. We felt like family from the first appointment. Dr. Shir was great with my two girls. The hygienists were wonderful as well as the front desk staff. Hands down – best pediatric dental practice I have visited!

Meliha D. - Patients Mom

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2019-04-11T15:35:05+00:00

Meliha D. - Patients Mom

Everyone at Sheer Smiles is so welcoming. We felt like family from the first appointment. Dr. Shir was great with my two girls. The hygienists were wonderful as well as the front desk staff. Hands down – best pediatric dental practice I have visited!

My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles!

My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles! The office is always nice and clean. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. There is never a long wait to be seen, so anxious and impatient little ones aren’t kept waiting. There are even TVs on the ceilings in the patient area with entertainment to distract them while being seen.

Veronica C. - Patients Mom

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Veronica C. - Patients Mom

My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles! The office is always nice and clean. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. There is never a long wait to be seen, so anxious and impatient little ones aren’t kept waiting. There are even TVs on the ceilings in the patient area with entertainment to distract them while being seen.
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What diet and nutritional advice can be offered for building strong teeth?

Experts agree that children need food from all the major food groups to grow properly and stay healthy. Too many carbohydrates, sugars (for example, from cake, cookies, candies, milk, fruit juice, and other sugary foods and beverages), and savory foods and starches (for example, pretzels and potato chips) can cause tooth decay. How long carbohydrates remain on the teeth is the main culprit that leads to tooth decay. Read more

The effects of fruit on kids teeth

We all know that fruit is full of vitamins and an important part of kids diets. But did you know that too much fruit (whether it’s fresh fruit, fruit juices, dried fruit or canned fruit) can have a negative effect and contribute to problems such as cavities and erosion, especially if your kids are grazing on fruit all day? Read more

Are sports drinks okay for kids?

Statistics continue to show an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among kids. Along with having the potential to cause various health problems, these beverages can cause irreversible damage to teeth. And sugar is only part of the reason — high acidity levels in these drinks erode enamel, the outer layer of teeth. Read more

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Restorative Visit Guidelines

DO NOT USE

Exam

Tooth cleaning

Cavities

Needle or shot

Handpiece (drill)

Cleaning the cavities

Extraction

Nitrous gas

Stainless steel crowns

WHAT WE SAY

Counting teeth

Tickling teeth

Sugar bugs

Sleepy juice

Mr. Whistle or Mr. Bumpy

Washing out the sugar bugs

Wiggle a tooth (tooth fairy visits after)

Magic air

Superhero or princess teeth

Restorative Visit Guidelines to help parents know that you and your child’s, our patient’s, visit is a pleasant one.

You may choose whether or not you accompany your child to the treatment room his/her procedural appointment. Although we sense that some children do better without parents present, we are open to having you with your child. We even encourage it during their first procedural appointment. If you choose to be present, we suggest the following guidelines to improve the chances of a positive outcome:

Allow us to prepare your child

Be supportive of the practice’s terminology

Anxiety is contagious. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be.

Please be a silent observer – let the movie distract them

This allows us to maintain communication with your child

Children will normally listen to their parents instead of us and may not hear our guidance

You might give incorrect or misleading information

If asked to leave, be ready to immediately walk away

Many children will try to control the situation

“Acting out” is normal, but unacceptable during treatment

This is intended to “short circuit” the control attempt

We will continue to support your child at all times