Hospital Dentistry

Hospital dentistry is recommended for children with extensive dental treatment needs who are apprehensive, very young, or have special needs. We recommend treating these children using general anesthesia in an operating room setting. Our doctors are credentialed and on staff at Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota-Minneapolis and Minnetonka.

Steps for Scheduling Surgery Patients

1. Our Surgery Coordinator will contact you within ten business days. If you have not been contacted within ten business days, please contact our Surgery Coordinator at 952-253-0381 or by e-mail

2. To assist you with the hospital charges, please provide us with your medical insurance information so we may verify your coverage of general anesthesia/facility fees.

3. Completing a child's dental treatment using general anesthesia involves a "medical" component (the hospital/surgery center and anesthesia services) and a "dental" component (the dental treatment). Once you provide information about your medical and dental insurance coverage, we will file a request to determine benefits with your insurance companies.

  • Scheduling your child's surgery will be finalized once we receive the determination of benefits from your medical and dental insurance companies. At that time, we will contact you to schedule your child's dental treatment at the hospital and inform you of your payment.
  • *Please note: The insurance companies may take 3-4 weeks to respond.

4. Once your child's surgery is scheduled, you must schedule an appointment with your child's primary physician to perform a pre-operative physical. The pre-operative history and physical must be completed within seven days of surgery.  Please note without the pre-operative history and physical, your child's surgery could be delayed or canceled.

  • The physician completing the physical should complete the History/Physical Form included in the information packet you will receive from our office.
  • The physician's office should fax the completed physical examination form to Children's Hospital.

5. Children's Hospital will contact you to confirm your child's surgery within 48 hours before your scheduled date and provide instructions for any preparations you must make before your arrival time.

Your child's dental treatment will be completed at:

  • Children's Minneapolis:
    2525 Chicago Ave. S.
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    (next to Abbott-Northwestern Hospital)
    Phone: 612-813-6191
    Children's Minnetonka:
    6050 Clearwater Drive
    Minnetonka, MN 55343
    Phone: 952-930-8700

For information about Children's Hospitals & Clinics, please visit their website at Children's Hospitals and Clinics MN.

Children's Surgery Coloring Book

A Final Note

Hospital dentistry requires substantial time for us to arrange. Therefore, please contact us as soon as possible if your child's appointment must be rescheduled or canceled. This will allow another child in need to take this appointment.

While it can sometimes be difficult to decide to have your child's treatment completed this way, we will do all we can to make the experience as safe and easy as possible. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call our Surgery Coordinator or the doctor treating your child.