Pediatric Hospital Dentistry


General Anesthesia

If your child cannot receive dental care with laughing gas, it may be necessary to do the treatment under general anesthesia. There are great benefits to treatment under general anesthesia.

-Your child will not have any negative memory of having his or her teeth restored. Many adults who fear the dentist recount bad childhood dental experiences.

-We are able to take x-rays and treat any needs your child has in one visit.

-We are able to perform the dental treatment under ideal operating conditions. The treatment we provide has a much greater chance for long-term success than treatment that is done on a child under distress.

General anesthesia will put your child into a deep sleep. We are fortunate to have a great group of anesthesiologists, Horizon Anesthesia, who are able to provide anesthesia services in our office. Since we are able to do the treatment within our own office, we are able to save you the expense of going to a hospital or surgical center. Although there is a separate time-based fee for the anesthesia, there are no hospital or supply costs for you to pay.

General anesthesia may be indicated for the following:

  • Physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged children who are unable to hold still for dental treatment
  • Children that have a severe gag reflex
  • Special needs children
  • Children who have allergies to local anesthetics or experience difficulty achieving numbness

To prepare your child for general anesthesia, follow the guidelines given to you by us and the anesthesiologist regarding food and fluid intake before and after the procedure. Discuss the procedure with your child using simple terms that he or she can understand. Let your child rest quietly at home after the procedure. He or she will probably be ready to resume their normal schedule the next day.