General anesthesia is a medication induced absence of consciousness (“knocked-out”) in which the child is not arousable. This type of sedation takes place under the care of a highly trained dental anesthesiologist typically in the dental office. The anesthesiologist is separate from the dentist which allows the dentist to focus solely on the procedure.
A child undergoing general anesthesia is completely asleep (unconscious) and will feel no pain throughout the procedure. The child will also have no memory of the procedure.
If your child has extensive treatment needs, is extremely fearful, or too young for moderate (conscious) sedation, in-office general anesthesia may be recommended in order to safely complete any necessary dental treatment. Our award-winning dentists will discuss with you if this is an appropriate treatment option for your child.
Your child will breathe anesthetic gases through a mask and will quickly fall asleep. After they are asleep an IV will be inserted and anesthesia medications will be delivered through it. Your child will remain asleep until their dental treatment is completed. After the procedure you will be present with your child as they wake up.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental association endorse sedation dentistry as a safe and effective option to enhance patient comfort in completing necessary dental procedures. At South Mississippi Smiles Dentistry, a board-certified dental anesthesiologist will be monitoring your child’s vital signs throughout their procedure to ensure they are safely sedated.
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