General anesthesia may be recommended for children who are apprehensive, very young, or who have special needs that do not work well under oral sedation. This type of sedation will render a child completely asleep. General anesthesia is used in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While there are risks associated with general anesthesia, if it is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
If a child’s legal guardian opts not to use general anesthesia, then the child may require multiple appointments, as well as physical restraint in order to complete treatment and to ensure the child’s safety. And the risks associated with the legal guardian’s decision to forgo a child’s dental treatment include dental pain, swelling, infection, new decay, damage to the developing adult teeth and the possibility of life-threatening hospitalization from dental infection.
Prior to Your Appointment:
Please let us know if there is any change in your child’s health. If your child has a fever, ear infection, or cold, do not bring them in for treatment. If your child becomes ill, contact us to see if we need to reschedule the appointment. Tell Drs. Burt and Allen about any medication that your child is taking, any drug reactions, and any change in medical history.
Dress your child in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Do not let your child have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the procedure. They should only have clear liquids (like water, apple juice, and Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment. The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room during the procedure.
After the Appointment:
Your child will be tired and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas that could potentially be harmful. If your child wants to sleep, have them lie on their side with their chin up. Every hour, wake your child and encourage him or her to have something to drink to prevent dehydration. To prevent nausea, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids at first. Their first meal should be something light that is easy to digest. If your child vomits, help him or her bend over and turn their head to the side to ensure that they do not inhale vomit.
Before you leave the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given detailed Post-Op Instructions and an emergency contact number.
Please contact All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics today to learn more about general anesthesia in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Eagle, Colorado, and to schedule an appointment with our dentists.