What is General Anaesthesia and how is it given to a child?
General Anaesthesia helps put a child to sleep to help them skip the dental treatment process which may be frightening to certain children when they hear dental tools being used which helps greatly where multiple procedures need to be done. An Anaesthesiologist begins with providing the child with oral sedation which helps them feel more at ease and a very relaxed state. When the child is drowsy and relaxed under oral sedation, the Anaesthesia will start an IV drip with a limited dosage of sleeping medication based on your childs age, height, and weight to help them go to sleep safely. Once the child is fully asleep, the anaesthesiologist will monitor the child to ensure they stay fine through the whole process while one of our pediatric dentists completes the treatment(s).
Will the child remember anything?
The anaesthesia will put the child to sleep, allowing him to be in a relaxed state and unconscious, allowing any dental procedures including taking X-Rays, install crowns, fillings, and any necessary cleaning.
What is the downside of General Anaesthesia?
One of the downsides is that the child is put fully to sleep, which may worry some parents. However the main downside is the cost of the procedure. The majority of insurances don’t cover General Anaesthesia, just oral sedation to help numb the child. The cost is due to the price of the medication and professional anaesthesiologist who administers the anaesthesia. We do our best to offer payment options to patients and help make this procedure an option through Care Credit, which is similar to credit but specifically for medical expenses.
What are suggested ages for General Anaesthesia?
Younger children who are more afraid of experiencing new things, especially with dental equipment that makes noises are prime candidates. While they are asleep we can help complete the procedure without stressing them. In some cases its helpful with older children such as teenagers who have a Dental fear (also called dental phobia, odontophobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia, and dental anxiety). It is also very helpful in cases where children need multiple procedures need to be done. This allows a dentist to complete everything with one appointment, saving the child stress and parents time on multiple visit. It may also be helpful for some children who have special needs which allows them to sleep through the procedure.