General Anesthesia and Hospital Dentistry

At Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, it is our goal to always treat our patients in the safest, most comfortable, and least invasive manner possible. As an advocate for superior oral health in infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs, Drs. Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie recognize that for some patients, treatment using basic behavior management techniques is not a viable option. We also understand that some patients, because of their need for extensive dental treatment, acute reaction to stress, inability to cooperate in the dental setting, immaturity or pre-cooperation, and/or some medical conditions, may benefit from dental treatment in the hospital setting.

Drs. Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie are all American Board certified pediatric dentists and have been specially trained to provide dental care for children undergoing general anesthesia, and are credentialed to practice within the Spectrum Health Hospital System.  

What Does it Mean to Utilize General Anesthesia for Dental Treatment?

General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement, and any discomfort during dental treatment. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately trained individual in an appropriately equipped facility. An anesthesiologist will be caring for your child, utilizing patient monitoring equipment to safely and comfortably care for your child.

What to Expect if General Anesthesia is Recommended for your Child

A physical evaluation by a pediatrician or family practice physician is required prior to treating your child under general anesthesia. This physical assessment provides information to ensure the safety of your child during the procedure. Parents are instructed to report to the practice any illness that occurs prior to the general anesthesia appointment, as it may be necessary to reschedule the appointment in the case of certain illnesses. It is important to follow instructions regarding fasting from fluids and foods prior to the procedure.

We will discharge your child from the hospital when he/she is stable, alert, and ready to go home. General sleepiness is very common after a procedure under general anesthesia. You will be instructed to encourage your child to rest at home with minimal physical activity until the next day.          

Calls Us to Schedule a General Anesthesia Consult Today

We strive to meet each child’s needs and realize that all situations are unique. If your child has been referred for dental treatment utilizing general anesthesia in a hospital setting, or if you would like to discuss this treatment option with one of our doctors, do not hesitate to give either our Grand Rapids or Rockford office a call to set up an appointment today.