Why would a child need sedation or general anesthesia just to have his teeth fixed?
Dental treatment can be a traumatic experience for some children who are pre-communicative or exhibit a high level of apprehension. Sedation or general anesthesia is usually recommended to make delivery of the required treatment possible in a safe and comfortable manner. We will explain all treatment options and their benefits and risks.
Is it safe?
Our anesthesiologists use the most advanced technology in monitoring. They also use short-acting medications where recovery is rapid. Parents can also help to ensure safety by following all pre-operative instructions. We follow all recommended guidelines for outpatient pediatric dental surgery.
Who provides the anesthesia and what are his credentials?
Our anesthesia services are provided by certified anesthesiologists that have completed residency training in anesthesiology.
How often is this done?
Our anesthesia services are routinely provided on an as needed basis. Please call our office for more information.
How long does it take?
The total length of time varies with each child and depends on the amount of dental treatment needed and the time it takes your child to recover. Most cases are usually completed in one to two hours.
Will he/she be in pain?
Patients often have none or very little pain depending on the nature of treatment. Pain medication is also administered during general anesthesia especially if a patient requires extensive dental treatment. The combination of pain medication and local anesthesia is usually enough for the patients recover comfortably. Occasionally a patient may wake up irritable this is usually due to the residual effect of the medication which will eventually wear off.
How do I prepare my child for his/her appointment?
Pre-operative and post-operative instructions will be given and reviewed.
Why cant my child eat or drink before surgery?
The safest way for your child to receive anesthesia is on an empty stomach. Eating or drinking after the restricted times given to you will cause the cancellation of your childs surgery.
What if my child has a cold or is exposed to a disease before surgery?
Should your child develop a cold or flu-like symptoms anytime before the surgery, please contact our office immediately to reschedule your appointment when your child is well. A visit to your pediatrician may be requested.
Have any children been injured from complications of anesthesia while under going pediatric dental surgery?
Pediatric Dentists and Dental Anesthesiologists have an extensive safety record in anesthesia procedures. At this time, we are not aware of a single case of morbidity or mortality when the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines have been followed.
Is this covered by my dental insurance?
Most dental insurance carriers do not cover general anesthesia. The full cost of anesthesia is due in full on the day of service.