IV Sedation/ General Anesthesia
What is IV sedation/general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminated awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A physician or dentist with specialized training can use various medications to provide general anesthesia for patients receiving dental care. We offer IV/General anesthesia which is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist.
Why would IV sedation/general anesthesia be needed?
Sedation/Anesthesia is beneficial for several different reasons. This is mostly used for extensive dental procedures, younger patients, behaviorally difficult patients, patients with complex medical history and some special needs patients.
Who is a candidate for IV sedation/general anesthesia?
Anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia can also be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs. Before recommending or administering any type of anesthesia, 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 would benefit from the most during your appointment.
Is IV sedation/general anesthesia safe?
Although there is some risk associated with IV sedation/General anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately trained individual in an appropriately equipped facility. Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely.
What happens when undergoing IV sedation/general anesthesia?
Your child has to be empty stomach and not sick before the anesthesia is given. The IV/General anesthesia process begins by a series of questionnaire and assessing your child physically by Dr Abraham and the anesthesiologist.
Anesthesia is ideal for patients who need to be fully asleep during their appointment. Your child will fall asleep quickly by breathing through a mask. An intravenous line ( IV ) will be placed for administering fluids and medications. Your child’s airway will be protected and the body’s vital functions are monitored. The dental procedures will be done by Dr Abraham while the anesthesiologist monitors the patient.
Your child will be taken to a recovery room after the procedure is finished to wake up from anesthesia.Your child will be discharged when stable, alert and ready to depart. Your child should rest at home with minimal activity until the next day.
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.