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General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement, and discomfort during dental treatment. A physician or dentist with specialized training can use various medications to provide general anesthesia for patients receiving dental care.
This procedure is recommended for very young children or patients that have difficulty cooperating with treatment in the office; an inhalation anesthetic is administered by a medical anesthesiologist in a surgery center or operating room environment and during this procedure all dental treatment, x-rays, and cleanings are provided.
Is general anesthesia safe for my child?
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. Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely. Your pediatric dentist will discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child.
Will my child receive general anesthesia for dental treatment?
General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful, anxious, or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.