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Pediatric Dentistry

How to Prepare for a Pediatric Dental Visit

We understand that you may have many questions and concerns as you prepare to bring your child to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center for dental surgery. Here are some helpful tips to prepare for your child’s surgery:

  • Arrive 11/2 hour ahead of the scheduled procedure
  • Your pediatrician will need to complete a pre-op History and Physical within one week of the procedure. Child’s height and weight should be includes within physical. Once completed fax History and Physical to 240-453-5866.
  • Your child can have regular food the day prior to surgery until midnight.
  • After midnight, your child can have clear liquids including water, apple juice, Gatorade or a Popsicle. For the last 3 hours before the surgery, he/she must have nothing at all to eat or drink, including water. (If the surgeon has given you stricter limits, follow those instructions.
  • You can expect a phone call from one of our nurses a few days prior to the surgery to give you more specific information regarding your child’s procedure, as well as to obtain information about his/her medical history. If you have not heard from us, we welcome a call from you.
  • On the day of the surgery, you will meet with the surgeon and anesthesiologist before the procedure. At that time you can discuss questions about medications, etc.
  • After the anesthesia it is normal for your child to be fussy after he/she wakes up. After the procedure is over, we will encourage your child to rest. Then your child will be offered a Popsicle or juice. Once fluids are tolerated well without nausea we will prepare you for discharge and review instructions for care at home. This is usually about 1 or 2 hours after the procedure is over.

Schedule a Tour

To schedule a pediatric pre-surgery tour, please call 240-826-7030.

Pediatric Wishes

A small gift can make a BIG impact all year long! By shopping our Pediatrics Wish List you can put smiles on the faces of our smallest patients.

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