Dr. Gina, Dr. Meghan, and Dr. Allen may recommend general anesthesia for children who are very young, apprehensive, or who have special needs that do not work well under oral sedation. General anesthesia will render a child completely asleep. General anesthesia is only used in a hospital or outpatient setting.
Prior to Your Appointment:
If there is any change in your child’s health, please let us know. Do not bring your child in for treatment if they have a fever, ear infection, or cold. Contact us if your child becomes ill and we will determine if we need to reschedule. Please tell our dentists about any medication that your child is taking, any drug reactions, and any change in medical history.
Dress your child in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for their appointment. Do not feed your child solid food or milk after midnight prior to the procedure. Your child should only have clear liquids (like water, apple juice, and Gatorade) for up to 6 hours before the appointment. During the procedure, the child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room.
After the Appointment:
After the procedure, your child will be very drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep him or her away from areas that could be harmful. If your child wants to go to sleep, have him or her lie on their side with their chin up. Wake your child up every hour and encourage him or her to have something to drink to prevent dehydration. In order to prevent nausea, give your child sips of clear liquids at first. Your child’s first meal after treatment should be something light and easy to digest. If your child vomits, help them 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.
We encourage you to 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.