IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
What is IV Sedation?
During IV sedation or general anesthesia your child is essential "asleep" for the treatment. Medication is administered through an IV and your child is kept in a state of unconsciousness so he is unaware of the dental treatment and unable to move. A medical or dental anesthesiologist will administer and closely monitor your child while the pediatric dentist completes the treatment.
Why is it better for my child to have their work done under IV Sedation?
Some children are extremely apprehensive, uncooperative, too young to reason with or understand instructions, have extensive treatment, or have special needs. In order to safely complete treatment in a positive and non-traumatic manner IV sedation or general anesthesia is sometimes required.
Is this done in a hospital or in the office?
IV Sedation is often done in office or out patient surgical center. When in office, the anesthesiologist will bring all his monitoring equipment to the office. This often allows treatment to be completed in a comfortable, familiar and convenient location. Sometimes due to medical concerns, it is better the child be treated in a hospital setting. The pediatric dentist will discuss what is best for your child.
Is it safe?
Yes. While there are some risks associated with IV sedation or general anesthesia, all safety precautions are taken to ensure everything goes smoothly. The anesthesia is administered by dedicated and highly trained medical or dental anesthesiologist. Your child's vital signs will be continuously monitored throughout the treatment and until they are ready to be discharged. Complications are very rare. Your pediatric dentist as well as the anesthesiologist can discuss the risks and benefits.
What do I need to do before the appointment?
Your child's medical history will be reviewed by the dentist and anesthesiologist. A physical evaluation by their pediatrician is generally also needed. The anesthesiologist will let you know how long prior your child must be fasting. It is extremely important that you follow these instructions. If your child eats or drinks anything the case will need to be rescheduled. If your child has been sick, has a cough or fever prior within 2 weeks prior to the appointment please call the office to discuss whether the appointment needs to be rescheduled.
What will me child be like after?
Your child will be dismissed by the anesthesiologist only after they are awake and stable. Most kids are groggy or tired for the remainder of the day. It is best they stay at home and avoid outdoor activities. Watching a movie is perfect. The pediatric dentist and anesthesiologist will discuss what foods can be eating. Most children are back to normal by evening time.