When we recommend oral surgery for a child or teen, parents often ask us about the risks associated with anesthesia.
It’s the nature of parents to worry about their kids, and you’re right to want all the details before making any decisions about your child’s dental care. Learning all you can about the procedure as well as the sedation techniques to be used is the best way to put your mind at ease.
Some Facts about Anesthesia and Pediatric Dentistry
We care about the health and safety of your child, and that’s why we only recommend surgical procedure when we think it is necessary for treatment.
You or a responsible family member will be required to wait at the dental office or surgery center until the anesthesia has worn off completely before being able to take the young patient home.
Why General Anesthesia May Be Needed
Some more complex procedures can be painful or frightening for your child or teen, and that’s one reason a general anesthetic may be recommended.
It’s important that your child be as comfortable and safe as possible during any dental or surgical procedure. Consequently, general anesthesia may be recommended for children who:
- Can’t calm down or relax enough for the procedure to be performed
- Require multiple procedures to be done at once
- Have a disability that limits their ability to understand directions
General anesthesia is also recommended in cases where the procedure is extensive or will take a long time to complete.
General anesthesia will put your child into a state that mimics sleep, helping his or her body to relax during the procedure. This is important because certain reflexes may cause issues during a dental procedure. With anesthesia, that becomes a non-issue.
When anesthesia is administered, the smallest possible dose is given, only enough to be effective and control pain. This will minimize your child’s exposure to anesthesia, which makes it safe to use in almost every case.
A slight risk is associated with any anesthesia, but our doctors will discuss the risks and benefits with you before the procedure, answer any questions and address any concerns.
We also will take a comprehensive health history, to ensure that no other health issues or risk factors are present.
Who Provides General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia for can be provided by any of these practitioners for dental procedures:
- Dental anesthesiologist
- Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Both Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield are fully certified and have additional training in the administration of anesthesia. Our entire professional staff is highly experienced and will monitor your child during the procedure to ensure his or her safety.
For routine procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, we perform the procedure right in our office. More complex surgeries, including bone grafting or jaw misalignment, may be done in a surgical center or hospital.
Whatever treatment your child needs, you can rest assured that we have his or her safety and well-being in mind at all times. Contact Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah today to learn more facts about your child and oral surgery.