Hospital Dentistry

If your child cannot receive dental care in a traditional dental office, our practice offers gentle and effective dental care to infants, children, and adolescents in the safe environment of our local children’s hospital.  Both Dr. Angela Trochlell and Dr. Megan Byers hold hospital privileges at Children’s of Wisconsin Hospital and Surgi Center. Our doctors have the distinctive ability to understand the specific needs of children who need dental care but cannot cooperate for safe dental treatment. Through hospital dentistry, we can eliminate the struggles and trauma that can lead to a lifetime fear of dental treatment for your child.

Is hospital dentistry right for my child?

Pediatric hospital dentistry services are ideal for:

  • Physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged children who are unable to tolerate treatment safely in a dental office environment.
  • Children that have a severe gag reflex
  • Children with complex medical conditions that make it unsafe to receive dental care in an office situation
  • Young children in need of extensive dental treatment. (Unable to cope with treatment safely due to age/maturity level.)

For these situations, the use of general anesthesia may be the best option for your family.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia will put your child into a deep sleep. He or she will be unable to feel any discomfort. General anesthesia for dental procedures will be provided by an anesthesiologist in the hospital/surgery center. These professionals are trained to deliver medication, monitor your child during the procedure, and handle any complications that may occur.

To prepare your child for general anesthesia, follow the guidelines given to you by the doctor regarding food and fluid intake before and after the procedure. Discuss the procedure with your child using simple terms that he or she can understand. Let your child rest quietly at home after the procedure. He or she will probably be ready to resume their normal schedule the next day. Our doctors and the hospital staff will review guidelines pre- and post-procedure to ensure your child has the safest treatment possible in this well-controlled environment.