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General Anesthesia Helps Certain Procedures Run Smoothly

January 2, 2024

Here are two facts: Young children squirm and some aren’t crazy about going to the dentist. 

A pedodontist might recommend that a patient be put under general anesthesia for certain in-office procedures. A parent may be nervous about this proposal, but there’s a logical reason behind it: so the child remains still and relaxed while the dentist accomplishes the treatment. The child will have no memory of the treatment. General anesthesia can also greatly benefit special-needs children who need dental work.

When you want a pediatric dental practice that’s dedicated to superior personalized care, look no further than the office of Briarcliff Pediatric Dentistry. We provide a warm and welcoming experience for all youngsters and their parents.

A pedodontist recommends general anesthesia only if he (or she) believes it’s essential. General anesthesia might be advised if a child requires a complicated treatment or two procedures done at the same time. 

To prepare for general anesthesia, a child older than age 1 must not eat solid food or drink non-clear liquids after midnight the day before. The child is allowed to drink only clear liquids up to two hours before the appointment.

A specialist called a pediatric anesthesiologist reviews a child’s medical history with her (or his) parent to determine which kind of medication is appropriate. The pediatric anesthesiologist administers the medication and monitors the patient’s condition during the procedure. 

An anesthetic vapor administered via a face mask is common for a young child. It goes into full effect in about 60 seconds. An older child is put to sleep usually using a liquid anesthetic administered via an intravenous drip. It takes effect in about 30 seconds. When the procedure is complete, the child is taken to a recovery room. Her vital signs are monitored while the anesthesia wears off.

Pediatric patients can greatly benefit from sedation. A pedodontist is more than happy to talk to parents about any concerns and questions they may have. 

Briarcliff Pediatric Dentistry provides unparalleled professional knowledge. When you visit our office, you can be confident that your child will receive the finest and most advanced treatment available. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment. 

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