Is General Anesthesia Right for Your Child?
Before recommending general anesthesia, special attention will be given to your child’s current state of health and previous health history. General anesthesia allows us to mitigate influencing factors such as behavior, anxiety, apprehension and cooperation. We may recommend the use of general anesthesia for your child if:
- He or she isn’t able to tolerate dental procedures, exams, or treatments even with the aid of laughing gas and conscious sedation
- His or her dental apprehension is so severe that other methods of calming and relaxation are insufficient
- He or she has a medical condition that necessitates complete sedation during dental work
- He or she requires an extensive amount of dental work
- He or she is too young to tolerate dental procedures while awake
- Previous attempts at treatments with other methods of sedation have been unsuccessful
At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we know that every child is unique. We will thoroughly evaluate your child’s specific situation before making a recommendation. We will consider his or her dental needs and health status and we always make a recommendation that is in your child’s best interests.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does General Anesthesia differ from Conscious Sedation?
When general anesthesia is used, your child will be completely “asleep.” When conscious sedation is used, patients become very relaxed and drowsy, but remain “awake” allowing them to interact with their dentist.
How safe is General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is very safe! Before proceeding with general anesthesia, our team will work with you extensively to make sure this is the best option for your child. When using general anesthesia in our office, there is always a practitioner who is solely responsible for monitoring your child’s vital signs and adjusting the level of anesthesia used. Your child will be carefully monitored by your anesthesia provider throughout the appointment in order to keep him or her as safe as possible. Your child’s health, safety, and comfort are always our top priorities.
Is General Anesthesia recommended for children on the Autism Spectrum?
We know that every child affected by Autism is unique and that sometimes it is difficult for them to adjust to a new environment or to tolerate dentistry. We will work specifically with you and your child to tailor our treatments and recommendations to meet your child’s needs. Depending on the amount of dental work to be completed and their willingness to tolerate dental work, we may recommend general anesthesia to receive the dental care they need. Every child is different, so we will carefully consider all of the influencing factors in your child’s specific case before recommending a specific treatment method.