What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is sometimes used for small children or children with many cavities. An anesthesiologist uses different medications to put the child to sleep so that treatment can be done quickly and safely. This prevents pain, discomfort, and anxiety that can be associated with some dental procedures.

Why would General Anesthesia be needed?

Your child might benefit from general anesthesia if they are very anxious, young, or have multiple areas of decay needing treatment. Also, if complex procedures are needed, general anesthesia may be recommended.

Who is a candidate for General Anesthesia?

To determine if general anesthesia is right for you, we'll review all medical and health history. General anesthesia is generally safe and we will discuss risks, benefits, and alternatives with you.

What can be expected during General Anesthesia?

There are multiple ways to administer general anesthesia and the anesthesiologist will help determine the appropriate way the day of your appointment. Most children simply breath some gas through a soft mask and gently fall asleep. Once asleep, an IV is placed to administer medication during the procedure. General anesthesia is safe, effective, and carefully administered and monitored while treatment is administered.

If you'd like to learn more about anesthesia, call our office today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to further assist you.