Outpatient General Anesthesia
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for very apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that cant be treated with conscious sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only.
While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Treatment while under general anesthesia allows all treatment to be completed in one appointment; it is an option if patient isn’t a candidate for oral conscious sedation, eliminates potential of physical restraint to complete treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment.
The risks of NO treatment can include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.
Prior to your appointment:
- Your child should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 8 hours prior to the appointment.
- The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room during the complete procedure.
- Please notify us of any change in your child’s health/medical condition. If your child gets sick especially a congested chest, cough, nasal discharge and wheezing the appointment will be cancelled. Should your child become ill or if you have any questions about signs or symptoms, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
- You must inform us of any drugs that your child is taking and of any drug reactions.
- Dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing and bring their favorite toy and or blanket.
After the appointment:
- Please keep your child with you for the rest of the day and away from areas of potential harm.
- Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely.
- Your child will be hungry, at first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
- If your child wants to sleep, let them, but place them on their side with their chin up. Please wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration.
- Your child might feel sick after General Anesthesia. If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
- We might use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during certain procedure. The mouth will be numb approximately 2-4 hours. Watch to see that your child does not bite, scratch, or injure the cheek, lips, or tongue during this time
- Prior to leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed list of “Post-Op Instructions” and an emergency contact number if needed.