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General Anesthesia and Its Importance In Treatment of Young Children With Anxiety

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We, at Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry, want your child to have a positive, safe experience every time they come to our office. In some cases, children will need help relaxing to allow us to diagnose and treat them effectively. When indicated, we may recommend general anesthesia to relieve anxiety and allow for successful treatment. You can always count on us for quality care in a safe, relaxed environment!

What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia will allow your child to be completely asleep and pain-free throughout any procedure. Our highly trained and experienced anesthesiologist will administer medications and monitor your child’s vital signs including the heart rate and respiration while the necessary dental work is being done.

When Is General Anesthesia Indicated?

General anesthesia may be necessary if a child requires extensive, lengthy dental procedures, especially in the case of those who are overly anxious. We may also indicate it for children who are very young or those with special needs and have difficulty staying still for an extended period of time. This way, they don’t move or jerk while we are trying to drill a tooth or perform a needed treatment.

Home Preparation

Before your child receives general anesthesia, it is necessary that you follow the directions we give you carefully to ensure a safe and positive experience. We will provide you with specific eating and drinking instructions based on your child’s age. Generally, most children will be instructed to refrain from food and drinks after midnight the night before the procedure.

Most importantly, try to help your child relax and talk calmly and reassuringly about the upcoming procedure. Your child will pick up on your body language, so make sure to remain calm and positive. You may want to help your child choose a comforting stuffed animal or blanket to bring to the procedure.

What Can You Expect After General Anesthesia?

Once the procedure is completed, we will move your child to a recovery room where we will carefully monitor the vital signs. The effects of anesthesia may last for a few hours. Your child will likely be groggy, sleepy, and tired. Some children may experience nausea or dizziness following general anesthesia. Make sure to keep your child home under your care the day of anesthesia and the following day if instructed to do so.

When to Call Our Office

Your child may experience some discomfort after the procedure, and that is no reason to worry. We will likely prescribe pain medication to relieve any pain or discomfort. If, however, in the unlikely event that your child experiences fever, severe bleeding of the gums, severe pain, or severe vomiting or dizziness, make sure to contact us right away.

Anxiety-Free Dentistry in Glendale, AZ

Contact us at Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about our anxiety-free dentistry options. We offer several forms of dental sedation along with general anesthesia. Our goal is to ensure that every child receives the best possible care with the least amount of anxiety or discomfort. You can trust that your child’s safety and well-being are always our primary concern. Call us and schedule your child’s appointment today!