When you arrive for your child’s first visit to the dentist, you’ll fill out a Medical/Dental History Form (descargar en Español). If you would like to save time on the day of your consultation, you may download and fill out the form electronically, or print it and bring it with you on the day of your child’s appointment. Patient history and medical forms can be found on our Patient Forms page. One of our trained Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) will explain our process to you, see if we can get x-rays (if needed) and then introduce you to one of our Dentists.


The Dentist will review what treatment needs to be completed and discuss with you the appropriate type of sedation that will be used. You will also receive extensive information about the proposed procedures and what to expect on the next visit, which will be scheduled with the front desk.


On the business day before the treatment appointment, we will need to confirm the appointment by phone with the parent who will be bringing the patient to the appointment. The eating instructions will also be reviewed and any questions will be answered at that time.


On the day of treatment the patient will have specific eating instructions that must be followed. The patient and parent will visit with both the Dentist and the Anesthesiologist/Anesthetist and then be taken to the treatment room.


Once the patient is sedated the parent will wait in the Waiting Room. Once the treatment is complete, the patient will be transferred to the Recovery area. As soon as they are sufficiently awake to go home the parent will be taken to them, post sedation instructions will be given by the Nurse and all your questions will be answered.


We will help the patient and parent to their vehicle and make sure you are on your way home safely. The treating doctor will contact you within 24 hrs to follow up and answer any further questions you might have.

Pediatric Sedation dentistry is the use of a sedative (general anesthesia) to calm the patient and cause them to completely relax during treatment. The use of sedation dental techniques can dramatically reduce the negative associations that a child might have from dental treatment. While not necessary in every treatment scenario, it’s a great tool for treating kids with ADHD, special needs or a severe phobia of the dentist.

It’s difficult to say without a thorough examination. We work with local family dentists who often know the patient and the family well, and often let them determine whether pediatric sedation dentistry is a good choice. Some parents choose to bring their children directly to us for treatment, but we prefer to work with a family dentist when scheduling treatment.

Yes, but many people use the terms interchangeably. Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives during the treatment process. These sedatives include conscious oral sedation and general anesthesia. Where conscious oral sedation uses a “local” sedative, numbing only the area to be treated, sleep dentistry is the process putting a patient under general anesthesia—literally putting them to sleep during treatment.


Different procedures and treatments may require our experienced staff to choose one over the other, but both are viable treatment options that may be considered when sedation dentistry is required.

A consultation is required to determine the most appropriate type of sedation for the sedation dentist to use, as well as to estimate the length of the treatment visit and to get a complete medical history of the patient.

Hapy Bear’s doctors are specially trained in the safe administration of pediatric dental care under general anesthesia—also called sedation dentistry.

The total length of time varies with each child depending on the amount of treatment needed and the time it takes your child to recover.

For your child’s safety, general anesthesia can only be administered on an empty stomach. This is extremely important. Any violation of our eating and drinking standards will cause the cancellation of your child’s treatment.

Your child’s primary dentist will be the main contact for any further dental needs. If the need arises to come back to Hapy Bear, your dentist can give you a referral.


American Dental Association (ADA)


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Tulare Kings Dental Society


American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
California Dental Association (CDA)

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