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What other options do I have aside the usage of sedative/anestesia in treating my child with down-syndrome prior to performing Dental Surgery on him? ...Barbara

Barbara, thank you for the question. I treat a lot of patients with Down Syndrome and it depends on the amount of work that needs to be done that will determine which treatment option I elect. At 2 years of age, it is hard to do any type of treatment. I typically do not like to sedate anyone that is under 3 years of age.

If there is a lot of treatment that needs to be done and the patient is under 3 and the parents do not want to use the papoose, I will usually go to the operating room. (the papoose board is to protect the patient, staff and dentist and keeps patients still) However, if there is not a lot of treatment to perform, I will do the treatment at the office with or without the use of the papoose. Also, most down syndrome patients require prophylactic coverage prior to dental treatment. (I'm sure your dentist checked this prior to any cleaning.....) I hope this has helped.

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