Children and Anesthesia

children_anesthesiaDr. Palmer did a dental residency with a heavy emphasis on Pediatric Dentistry.  Children referred to our office for I.V. Sedation fall into several categories:

1) Pediatric patients with multiple cavities, where we can do all the dentistry in one appointment as opposed to having several appointments at a pediatric office or at a hospital

2) Pediatric patients for whom oral sedation or conscious sedation are generally inappropriate for their treatment

3) Pediatric patients for whom oral sedation has failed

4) Pediatric patients with Special Needs

5) INFANTS with Bottle Caries* (read more) , cavities that are a result of going to sleep with milk or juice in their bottle 


At the first appointment a medical and dental history is taken.  The doctor will take the child’s temperature, height, weight, listen to his heart, and get oxygen saturation. Some patients may be required to submit results of  medical tests, whatever is appropriate for that child.  Only then is the patient scheduled for an IV Deep Sedation/General Anesthetic appointment.


Outpatient anesthesia occurs in our surgical suite which  duplicates a hospital setting.  The dentistry is done safely in one appointment on an outpatient basis.


We work in partnership with the referring dentist and the patient returns to his primary dental office for his periodic exam and cleaning.


  • The IV sedation provided by Dr. Palmer makes caring for our children's dental needs less stressful for them and for us. Without the professional and understanding support of Dr. Palmer and his staff we are not sure how we would care for our children's dental needs.
    Mr. & Mrs. B - Parents of two Children with Autism
  • "I don't worry about dental visits anymore! My boys feel comfortable and happy with Dr. P. He's great with kids with special needs... and great with moms who worry a lot!"
    Elizabeth C
    Mom of two boys with autism

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