Pediatric Oral Surgery and “Needle Free” Anesthesia

Drs. Mynsberge and Ruggles know there is nothing more precious or important to us than our children.  Finding out that your child may need surgery can be intimidating not only for your child, but also for you as a loving parent. 

There are many reasons that your child may need to be seen at a young age for an oral surgery procedure, including:

  •       Extraction of teeth due to cavities, infection, or trauma
  •       Surgery in preparation for orthodontics
  •       Removal of tight bands of lip or tongue tissue (frenectomy)
  •       Treatment of pathology of the mouth, jaws, or face
  •       Repair of traumatic facial injuries, such as dental injuries, jaw fractures, and/or facial lacerations

Drs. Mynsberge and Ruggles trained at one of the largest and most well renowned pediatric hospitals in the country (Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN) and treat a very high number of pediatric patients at their private practice in Marin County, so they are extensively experienced in the most advanced surgical and anesthetic techniques needed to provide top level pediatric oral surgery care.

Needless to say, anesthesia itself can be intimidating for our young patients, as many children typically have an age appropriate fear of needles.  Fortunately, our office is equipped with anesthetic gas that can induce anesthesia without the use of a needle.  With 5-10 deep breaths through our comfortable anesthesia mask, we can induce a state of anesthesia for our pediatric patients.  We then start an IV, which they do not remember, and maintain continued anesthesia intravenously the same way would normally do for our procedures.  This approach is safe, predictable, eliminates the need for less controllable oral premedication, hastens anesthesia recovery (due to the need for less IV sedative medication), and is the standard of care for anesthesia induction in pediatric hospital operating rooms nationwide.  This valuable equipment has greatly reduced the stress and anxiety experienced by our pediatric patients.  

Children are not just little patients.  Their needs and management are very unique and different from those of adults.  Even small procedures, such as a simple baby tooth removal, can be very intimidating and anxiety inducing, so Drs. Mynsberge and Ruggles treats each of their pediatric patients as though they were their own and prides themselves on making every child’s experience at our office easy and positive. 

During your consultation appointment, Dr. Mynsberge or Dr. Ruggles will meet with you and your child to discuss the planned procedure and anesthesia options/recommendations.  For most children, some level of sedation may be the most beneficial type of anesthesia, even for simple procedures, in order to eliminate anxiety and promote positive and stress free future dental experiences at their pediatric dentist’s (and eventually adult dentist’s) office.  

Mynsberge & Ruggles Oral Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 11 Pediatric Oral Surgery and Anesthesia reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Just had a great experience with Dr. Mynsberge. My 5 year old son injured himself and needed 3 teeth extracted. The staff was fantastic about getting him scheduled and the necessary medications. When we walked in the staff was friendly and attentive, which relaxed us both. Dr. Mynsberge met my son in the waiting room and engaged him easily. My son actually walked down the hall and got into the chair with Dr. Mynsberge while I finished paper work. I was allowed to be with him in the operatory. Dr. Mynsberg has a calm easy going chair-side manner. As a fellow surgeon, I recognized his steady skilled hands. The post-operative instructions were clear and he gave us a follow up call that evening to check on my son and answer questions. I would highly recommend him and plan to take my kids back to him for wisdom teeth in 12-13 years!

- Sally B

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Dr. Mynsberge's office is awesome! Having oral surgery is a scary thought, but the entire office does an amazing job at making you feel relaxed and welcome. Dr. Mynsberge has performed oral surgery on all 3 of my children. Each procedure AND recovery went without any complications. I would highly recommend the office of Mynsberge & Ruggles for any oral surgery needs.

- Krista G

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Although it is hardly a pleasure to have another child need oral surgery (baby teeth + wisdom teeth extractions, palatal anchor) it is a pleasure to drop another well-deserved 5 star review for Dr. Mynsberge. He couldn't be a more skilled, thorough, personable oral surgeon. I highly recommend him for the smoothest experience. His entire staff is adept and Diane on the insurance side is extremely competent and responsive.

- Tina B

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First, a few months ago, my husband needed to have 2 wisdom teeth pulled and it was a great experience. So when my son needed a stubborn baby tooth removed because the adult tooth came in next to it, there wasn't a thought about going anywhere else. I wish they did the routine stuff too because we would all go (and I hate going to the dentist).

- Tamara H

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Dr Ruffles and the staff were excellent. My seven year old boy who was nervous had two teeth extracted in an hour. Walked in very uncertain. Walked out with a new smile after the doc and his team performed their magic. Kind and understanding.

- Chris D

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My 11 yr old daughter needed extensive oral surgery prior to braces and was referred to Dr. Mynsberge by her orthodontist. We could not have had a better experience anywhere. The entire staff was fantastic, Dr. Mynsberge was terrific with my daughter, surgery was successful, relatively easy (considering) she had absolutely no complications and very little lingering pain. I would enthusiastically recommend, without any hesitation, this practice and both Doctors.

- Christa L

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Dr. Mynsberge is truly amazing! He is so professional, warm and welcoming and he did a wonderful job with our daughter's tooth extraction. He explained everything to us clearly, immediately putting us at ease, and he and his staff charmed our daughter - not an easy task with a 5 year old who doesn't like going to the doctor! Our experience from the moment we first walked in until until leaving our final check up was impeccable. I highly recommend Dr. Mynsberge to anyone, any age, needing an oral surgeon.

- Ann B

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Dr. Mynsberge is one of the nicest doctors I've ever met! He was really great with my young daughter who was very afraid of needles. He put her at ease, made her laugh and made a miserable experience easy for her. Very friendly office staff, professional nursing staff - all around great office.

- Mj W

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If we could leave 10 stars we would. Dr Mynsberge was referred to us from our orthodontist, where my 9 year old daughter had to get a retainer out that her gum had grown over. It was an emergency procedure that she wasn't aware needed to be done. She was nervous and scared, not only did Dr Mynsberge stay after hours and wait for us to get there, he made my daughter feel at ease and even got her laughing when she was a bit in pain. ( miracle worker) He somehow knew that by playing Taylor Swift, he would make her feel right at home. When we got in the car on the way home, my daughter said, that was easy and the doctor was so nice. He also called after he had a work dinner to make sure she was ok. Amazing!!! He also gave her some fun treats and was able to get a wiggly tooth out that was annoying her ( bonus!) We couldn't have asked for a better experience from an oral surgeon and I can't wait to refer all our family and friends to him! Hopefully we won't have to be back anytime soon, but Im pretty sure my daughter will want to visit Dr Mynsberge just to say hi!! Thank you Dr. Mynsberge!!

- Cheryl R

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

My son got referred by our trusted team of Dr Dorostkar and Dr Gorton to have another tooth extracted. Again, just like last time, we promptly received out appointment. Now that we are on the frequent flyer plan, I feel confident saying that Dr Mynsberge delivers consistent, competent, thoughtful, service with a smile. Everything went as smoothly and easily as last time.

- Tina B

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