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General Anesthesia Procedure

General Anesthesia is also an accepted standard of care for situations involving children who have limited comprehension or children who are extremely uncooperative and require dental care that is technically difficult or sensitive to deliver.

Keeping your child under general anesthesia during a dental procedure may be necessary to keep them pain-free during surgery. Also, anesthesia controls the body’s reaction to stress and relieves the fear and anxiety almost always associated with surgery. Anesthesia can be given in the form of an injection or by inhalation of sedative gases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a child need general anesthesia just to have teeth fixed?

When treatment is required for a serious dental condition, general anesthesia may be recommended to make the treatment process more safe and comfortable for children.

When a child with disabilities needs extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia is an accepted standard of care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support this standard.

General Anesthesia is also an accepted standard of care for situations involving children who have limited comprehension or who are extremely uncooperative and require dental care that is technically difficult or sensitive to deliver.

We have highly trained board certified Pediatric dentistry providers here at American Dental Clinic & Advanced American Dental Center.

What is Nitrous Oxide

Sometimes known as the “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a very safe, mild sedative that will help your child remain relaxed during dental procedures. Your child’s dentist will give the sedation with the use of a “space mask,” which carries air (oxygen) mixed with the medication. The sedation will take effect in about 5 minutes. The mask will remain in place until the procedure is done. Your child will be awake during the entire procedure and may have a “happy” feeling. When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe in pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas. You should limit your child to a very light meal before this procedure, such as toast or a bagel. The effects of the nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, usually within a couple of hours for children

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation, which can be taken either through the mouth or nose, may be used if your child is nervous. This will help in calming and relaxing the child, although this will make your child feel a little drowsy. If your child is to be sedated, he or she should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight, of the night before the appointment.