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General Anesthesia in Children’s Dentistry

October 27, 2021
Posted By: Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dentistry for Children
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The thought of oral treatment and anesthesia can be unnerving for kids and parents alike. As pediatric dentists, we want you and your child to feel completely safe and comfortable during treatment, especially when general anesthesia is needed. According to Nemours Kids' Health, advances in technology and highly trained anesthesiologists ensure that anesthesia for children is safer than ever. 

The more informed and calm families are about the procedure's safety and anesthesia, the easier the experience will be for the child and parents. At Valleau, VanDeven & Massie Dentistry for Children, we want you and your family to feel at ease and secure in our care. We will always be here to guide you throughout the process and provide the comfortable and considerate care your child deserves. 

What Is General Anesthesia?

The goal of general anesthesia is to keep the patient unconscious or "asleep" during the procedure. This means the patient will not experience pain, awareness, movement, or memory of the treatment. Our pediatric dentists partner with highly trained anesthesiologists to administer general anesthesia through an IV or a mask through which the patient inhales the gaseous mixture. 

Our Approach to Safe Sedation Dentistry

Our pediatric dentists personalize each treatment to your child's needs. Because many kids are afraid of needles, anesthesiologists may give them a mild sedative, like nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), to help them feel more relaxed before placing an IV. Our dental team and the anesthesiologists monitor the patient's heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and breathing rate during the entire procedure.

We practice procedures that require general anesthesia in a hospital setting for the patient's highest level of safety and comfort. The type of anesthesia and amount needed depends on various factors:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Type of surgery
  • Area of surgery
  • Allergies
  • Current medical condition

To ensure your child's safety during the procedure, it's vitally important to honestly and thoroughly answer all of the anesthesiologist's questions. Details that may seem harmless could affect your child's reaction to the anesthesia. Ultimately, you, the dentist, and the anesthesiologist can decide what's best for your child.

Contact Us about Sedation Dentistry in Grand Rapids 

At our pediatric dental office, your child's safety, comfort, and oral health are of the utmost importance. Our kind and knowledgeable team are honored to treat children of all ages and help them attain optimal oral health. Thank you for trusting us with your child's precious smile! 

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our dental treatments or our approach to general anesthesia for children. 

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