Anesthesia

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What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is an option for our patients who either want to be fully or partially sedated during their treatment. Oral surgery can be a frightening experience for many people, so utilizing sedation can make your child’s experience with us a lot more comfortable. We offer several different types of sedatives, include nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation. Local anesthetic is typically used to numb one area of the mouth while treatment is being administered

Why would Anesthesia be needed?

Sedation is beneficial for several different reasons. Patients who have anxiety or who suffer panic attacks can benefit greatly from sedation. If you child is undergoing a more complex procedure, sedation can relax you so that the treatment is quicker and easier for you. Whether they’re undergoing a longer procedure or having their wisdom teeth removed, sedation is useful in making the treatment easier and more comfortable.

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Who is a candidate for Anesthesia?

Before recommending or administering any type of sedative, we will review your child’s health and medical history. We will then provide you with the options available so that you can choose which one you think your child benefit from the most during their appointment. We often recommend sedation for children who are afraid of the dentist or have trouble sitting still throughout a procedure.

What happens when undergoing Anesthesia?

We offer a few different types of sedatives to meet your child’s needs. The first, and most common, is known as nitrous oxide. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, a small mask is placed over your child’s nose. They’ll be instructed to breathe in the sweet-smelling fumes, which will almost immediately relax them. IV sedation is ideal for patients who want to be fully asleep during their appointment. A small needle is placed into the arm and attached to an intravenous line. During the appointment, a drip line will constantly administer sedative to keep your child asleep until the needle is removed. They will be taken to a recovery room after the procedure is finished to wake up from whichever sedative was used.

If you would like to learn more about anesthesia and our sedative options, call us today to talk to one of our helpful staff members.

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