At Leadville Dental Center, we understand that visiting the dentist can be extremely stressful and even scary for some children. Our caring pediatric dentist offers general anesthesia to help your child sleep during their treatment so that they can receive the care they need without undue stress or fear. We invite you to call our office at 719-486-2060 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Thomas, and to determine if your child could benefit from general anesthesia in Leadville, Colorado, during their next visit.
Occasionally, your child may need to be unconscious in order to safely receive necessary dental treatments. Our pediatric specialist may recommend general anesthesia if your child:
- Needs oral surgery or another procedure that would be difficult to complete while they were awake
- Needs extensive dental work
- Has a condition that limits their ability to understand directions or safely receive treatment
- Cannot relax or calm down enough for our dentist to perform their treatment
- Experiences great fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist
General anesthesia is usually administered either through inhalation or with an injection into your child’s hand or arm. We may also inject a long-lasting local anesthetic when performing your child’s treatment so that he or she will wake up feeling numb, giving you the chance to help them continue feeling comfortable after their treatment.
We will provide you with detailed instructions regarding what your child can eat and drink both before and after their procedure. We will also provide any necessary post-operative instructions. Please follow these instructions closely to ensure that your child’s experience is as easy, safe and comfortable as possible, and that he or she heals correctly.
We also strongly recommend that you discuss your child’s procedure with them so that they will know what to expect. Try to avoid using scary words (such as “drill” or “shot”) so that they do not become frightened beforehand.
If you have questions about general anesthesia, we invite you to call our office and schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist to discuss whether or not this is a good option for your child.