Children's Dental Health Associates

  Sleep Dentistry for Children  

Sleep Dentistry is the performance of dental procedures, in a hospital-like setting, while the patient is under general anesthesia.

Our surgical center is an AAAHC Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center. It was built to provide the highest level of care to our patients. Our anesthesiologists are state and board certified, and provide high quality anesthesia care. Certified RNs are present in the room at all times while patients are in surgery.

Our dentists at Children's Dental Health Associates perform sleep dentistry at two Children’s Surgery Centers located in Malvern, PA and Lancaster, PA. Both of these wonderful facilities are state-of-the art, beautifully equipped, and staffed by very competent and compassionate professionals trained in children’s dental care and in sleep dentistry procedures.

Sleep dentistry helps ensure that children get needed dental services accomplished comfortably, completely, and safely. If dental work needs to be done and your child has difficulty with being in a dental chair, sleep dentistry may be a great alternative. Sleep dentistry is also a great option for those who are physically and/or mentally handicapped.

Why have your child treated at the surgery center
& not at our office?

Every young patient has their own set of needs. After a thorough exam, our dentists will determine what is best for them. There are many reasons why our dentists may find it is best to have your child be treated at the surgery center. Some reasons include:



In order to fill cavities and place fillings or crowns, our dentists need the patient to be relaxed and cooperative. This means the patient needs to sit in the dental chair while keeping their hands, feet, head, and body very still for a significant period of time (procedures can take up to 30 minutes or longer to complete). If the patient is anxious and unable to remain still for the procedure, our dentist will be unable to run the drill safely. The safety of your child is always our priority.



With some young patients, it may be best for them to have dental work completed while under general anesthesia so they are not traumatized by the drills used during the procedure. The last thing we want to do is make your child afraid of going to the dentist.


Amount of Work

With young patients that need a lot of dental work, our dentists understand that it can be stressful to expect a young child to come in for multiple appointments.



A child's behavior helps us to determine if treatment at the surgery center is the best option. For example, if a child is unable to sit still to have x-rays taken in office, that is a big sign they should not have important work done in office. Patients need to be calm and be able to sit still for treatments like sealants, crowns, extractions, and fillings. If they cannot be calm, our dentists could perform improperly and cause further issues.


What is the experience really like?

Please feel free to visit the website,, to hear clinical nurse information and parent testimonials.


What happens after sleep dentistry is recommended?

The proposed dental work that your child needs will be submitted to your dental insurance company to determine how much your dental insurance will cover. The following is a general breakdown of how dental insurances reimburse:

  •  If your child is covered under Medicaid: there is no financial responsibility on the part of the patient.
  •  If your child is covered under a commercial dental plan: frequently these insurances break dental work into procedure types that require you, as the dental patient, to be responsible for a percentage of the work completed. For example, if your child needs a filling, the insurance company will pay 80% of the reimbursable rate and you will be responsible for 20%.


Why are x-rays taken in the operating room?

Once a patient is put under general anesthesia at the surgery center, their dentist will take a new set of full mouth x-rays in the operating room even if they had x-rays taken in the office. This is done because we want to make sure that any treatment that needs to be done is completed at this visit. The bacteria in teeth is very unpredictable and can spread, our dentists do not want to miss any changes that could have taken place.


For more information about our sleep dentistry services,
feel free to call us today!

Chester/Delaware/Montgomery County: 610-622-1949

Cumberland/Lancaster/Dauphin/York County: 717-295-4400

Philadelphia County: 215-383-1376

Berks/Lehigh/Northampton County: 610-914-1700

In addition to serving at Children’s Surgery Centers in Lancaster, PA, and Malvern, PA, our pediatric dentists serve on the staffs of four regional hospitals: Jennersville Regional Hospital, The Chester County Hospital, Lancaster General Hospital, and Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center.