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Pediatric Dentist General Anesthesia in Greensboro, NC

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For children with special needs including autism, or children who need a dental procedure in the operating room, the best and safest option is sometimes general anesthesia.

Full Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry

It isn’t rare that children need general anesthesia for dental care. Working with a dentist who provides out-patient hospital services is helpful for parents of children with emotional or medical conditions or more extensive treatment needs.

Benefits of receiving this type of care include:

  • Cross-planning with your child’s various doctors and nurses
  • Specialized treatment plans
  • Anesthesia or sedation safely administered and monitored by professionals
  • Efficient medical procedures that minimize potential risk and emotional trauma
  • Treatment completed in a single visit

Our staff understands that children with special emotional or medical needs often have a greater fear of unknown procedures. Sedation allows your child to receive the dental care they urgently need without negative effects on their developing psyche. There is different types of sedation and different levels of sedation, from conscious sedation, through moderate sedation till deep sedation, depending from medical history of the child.

How to Care for Your Child After Anesthesia or Sedation

After dental treatment in the operating room, your child will require rest. Encourage deep sleep or relaxation until the sedative or anesthetic has fully worn off, which is typically most of the day. Children may play calmly around the house, but be sure to monitor their condition to minimize risks.

If your child has also received a local anesthetic, portions of their mouth may still be numb. Trying to eat may cause them to hurt themselves by biting their tongue, cheek, or lips. Until feeling returns, your child should consume liquids rather than solid food.

When Full Sedation Dentistry is Recommended

Like all medical procedures, general anesthesia is only recommended when absolutely necessary. We also offer lighter dental sedation options for pediatric patients who do not need to be fully asleep during their treatment. For younger or anxious children, oral sedation is particularly beneficial as an initial measure and can be complemented by nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. General anesthesia is sometimes recommended for:

  • Children who need many teeth extracted
  • Children who need a more lengthy dental procedure or oral surgery
  • Children who have severe dental anxiety and dental fear
  • Children with special needs including Down Syndrome and Autism

Lake Jeanette Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is the top-ranked pediatric dentist in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. To request an appointment a sedation consultation with our caring and experienced dental team, call us today at 336-286-0200 to improve your child’s oral health.

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