Our hospital dentistry services are facilitated through a long-established relationship with pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Aaron Zuckerberg and his staff at the Children’s Diagnostic Center at Sinai Hospital. Hospital dentistry treatments are completed under general anesthesia. This type of treatment is often recommended for the following reasons: extensive treatment needs, young age, coping or cooperation difficulties, protecting the developing psyche, complex medical history, or special health care needs. Your child’s dental treatment will be provided by the pediatric dentist your child regularly sees at Cross Keys.
To help navigate your medical and dental benefits, we will gladly verify your insurance by sending a pre-authorization and getting an estimate for your out-of-pocket expenses. The fee structure is such that there are three separate fees: one for the hospital and facilities, one for anesthesia, and one for the dental treatment. Your medical insurance should help cover portions of the first two fees, and your dental insurance will cover portions of the dental care.
Before treatment at Sinai Hospital, Dr. Zuckerberg requires a history and physical (aka H&P or “pre-op”) from your pediatrician 30 days prior to the scheduled treatment date. There are a few dietary restrictions prior to surgery - the details of which vary depending on your child’s surgery start time. Generally, your child must not eat any food the morning of the surgery or consume any clear liquids up to two hours prior to start time. If your child has a cough or cold leading upto the surgery date, please contact us immediately, as it may be necessary to reschedule.
It is of the utmost importance that you keep the appointment date that you are given, as rescheduling may lead to a wait of several months.