If your child is unable to complete their dental treatment with the dentist because of his/her age, general anxiety or because of special needs, the laughing gas or general anesthesia maybe the answer. Your child breathes into an anesthesia mask for about a minute completely going to sleep, with the comfort of you by their side.
The entire dental treatment will appear effortless and will be completed all in one visit. The dentist will have ideal conditions to work under for as long as he needs. No needle sticks or restraints are required before anesthesia. You can stay with your child until he or she is fast asleep.
Anesthesia for Your Dental Procedure—Q&A for Patients
Q. Can my child have anesthesia in the dentist’s office?
A. Yes. There was a time when anesthesia was only administered in hospitals, but with today's technology, careful patient selection and qualified anesthesia and perioperative personnel, your child can safely benefit from having your dental procedure under general anesthesia without the inconvenience of a hospital visit. The anesthetist is a medical doctor who along with a recovery nurse works independently of the dental provider.
Q. How will anesthesia affect my child during dental treatment?
A. Pediatric patients and their families may prefer to be given general anesthesia under the direct, constant supervision of a certified anesthesiologist. During the anesthetic, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen concentration are continually monitored. Any deviation from the norm can then be treated expeditiously.
Q. How will the anesthesia affect my child afterwards?
A. Most child or young adults’ side effects vary according to the technique used. When the dental treatment is concluded, most patients tend to emerge rapidly from anesthesia, feeling pain free, a little sleepy, but comfortably rested. Children may cry and/or have temper tantrums but will remember little about this afterwards. It appears unsettling but is normal. Most often patients can safely leave the office within 30 to 45 minutes after the procedure is completed. It is common to sleep part of the day, catch a light meal and be fresh and completely recuperated by the next morning. We ask that you refrain from driving or making important decisions on the day of anesthesia. Complications are highly unusual with our anesthetic techniques.
Q. How can my child prepare for anesthesia?
A. We require that you have a responsible adult driver accompany your child to and from the dentist's office. It is very important that your child does not eat or drink after midnight the eve of the surgery. If you find it absolutely necessary, they may drink no more than 3 ounces of a clear liquid. Clear liquids restricted to; Ginger ale, apple juice, or water and MUST BE STOPPED 4 hours before scheduled surgery. Comfortable loose fitting clothes are strongly recommended. Please do not wear jewelry.
Q. Who will be administering my child’s anesthesia?
A. Your child’s anesthetic will be administered by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified anesthetists who have extensive experience administering anesthetics in a hospital setting. Anesthetists arc physicians who have postgraduate training (ie: after a general license) in anesthesia and critical care.
Why Should I Consider Having Dental Anesthesia For My Child?
If your child has to undergo prolonged or extensive treatment.
For extensive treatments such as dental crowns, full-mouth restorations, multiple root canals, multiple tooth extractions, or extensive periodontal procedures, dental anesthesia offers your child complete comfort while providing the dentist with excellent working conditions.
If it would be difficult to arrange multiple appointments.
Should extensive multiple appointments be very difficult for you and your child, dental anesthesia allows the entire dental treatment to be completed in one visit.
If your child has anxiety.
The American Dental Association reported that 10% of Americans avoid seeking dental treatment because of anxiety or apprehension. Another 15% finds treatment so uncomfortable, they fail to return for follow-up procedures. As many as 70% of people with dental insurance neglect to see their dentist because of fear. With dental anesthesia, anxiety and apprehension will disappear instantly, and your child will have virtually no memory of the dental treatment.
If your child has a severe gag reflex.
General anesthesia completely suppresses the gag reflex, permitting excellent operating conditions for the dentist. Awareness of the dental treatment during your child’s anesthetic is extremely rare.
If your child has a low pain threshold.
Everybody perceives pain differently. In some instances, the local anesthetics usually used by dentists may not provide enough numbness during the treatment to completely eliminate discomfort. With our dental anesthesia techniques, dental treatments are always pain free and hours will seem to pass like seconds.
If your child has a disability.
If your child has a physical disability or special need, making it hard to sit in a dental chair for long periods of time, or have problems with gagging or holding still, having your child’s dental treatment under anesthesia maybe the solution.