Our Anesthesia Center section of our practice specializes in providing dental care to children who cannot be treated under conventional means. We are able to offer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for these patients who might be indicated for this type of specialized dental care. The anesthesia services are provided by our dedicated anesthesiologists that have extensive experience in all phases of anesthetic care.
General anesthesia is an anesthetic management technique, which uses intravenous and/or inhalation agents to render a patient completely unconscious (asleep) for the dental procedure. We are equipped with a full-sized anesthesia machine, monitors, emergency drugs and equipment, and highly trained support personnel. During general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist providing the care monitors the patient using state-of-the-art machines. The anesthesiologist is present at all times until the patient has recovered and is ready to be discharged.
Who may benefit from these techniques?
- children who are pre-cooperative or pre-communicative
- children who exhibit a high level of anxiety or apprehension
- children who have extensive dental needs
- children who have had traumatic dental experience
- children with developmental disabilities
Dental treatment under general anesthesia in the office is cost effective and convenient compared to a hospital setting. By providing dental care under general anesthesia, all of the child's treatment can usually be completed in one visit. This allows the child to experience minimal discomfort and to return in six months as a good dental patient.