3 Times a Pediatric Dentist May Recommend General Anesthesia

3 Times a Pediatric Dentist May Recommend General Anesthesia

Sedation dentistry is a great tool for a pediatric dentist who has to work on children who are anxious about going to the dentist. Sedation can range from laughing gas to general anesthesia. What are some situations when it is advantageous for your child to be under general anesthesia while at the dentist? Here are three scenarios:

  1. Extensive work needs to be done – If your child needs to have several procedures done in one sitting including extractions, fillings, or a root canal, this may be the best option. Your child won’t remember getting the work done or feel any of it.
  2. The child is young – It can be tougher to get a young child to sit still and keep his or her mouth open properly for a procedure. Sedation allows the procedure to go smoothly with no risk of the child moving at the wrong moment.
  3. The child has special needs – If a child has certain medical conditions or has a developmental disability, it may be easier to use sedation to help ensure the work can be performed quickly and without incident.

The San Diego Pediatric Dental Practice that Offers Safe Sedation Dentistry

Not only are both pediatric dentists at BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry board-certified, but they are also both staff members at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Thus, our practice can offer general anesthesia as a sedation option that will be properly administered by a medical anesthesiologist. General anesthesia in an OR setting offers a controlled environment for comprehensive restorative dentistry with none of the bad memories for your child. To learn more, call 619-741-1500.