General Anesthesia

Pediatric dentistry.

Here at the office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we’re proud to be your choice when you’re looking for an East Lansing pediatric dentistry practice. We’re glad to offer compassionate dental care to children of all ages. We want to create the most comfortable experience for your child when visiting his or her DeWitt and Lansing pediatric dentist. We strive to go above and beyond, not only providing a warm and welcoming office atmosphere but also supplying general anesthesia in order to help an anxious child through any necessary dental treatment.

What Is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is used to put a child into a deep sleep where he or she won’t be able to feel pain or move around. Under general anesthesia, the patient’s reflexes will be completely relaxed. Your DeWitt and Lansing children’s dentist will take many things into consideration when administering general anesthesia. This will include the child’s age, behavior, and the dental treatment that’s needed. Before general anesthesia is given though, we require that your child will undergo a physical examination by his or her pediatrician less than a week before the scheduled surgery. These precautions will help ensure that the treatment is as successful as possible.

The Anesthesia Procedure

An anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and monitor your child during the entire procedure. After the dental treatment is finished, the anesthesiologist will reverse the process to allow the patient to wake up. The recovery time will last about 45 minutes to an hour. During this time, your child will be constantly monitored by trained nurses and will be under the care of the anesthesiologist.

Why General Anesthesia Is Used

Your pediatric dentist in Lansing and DeWitt can use general anesthesia to:

  • Relieve anxiety and eliminate pain.
  • Relax a patient’s muscles to keep him or her still.
  • Allow special needs children to receive their needed dental treatment.
  • Complete multiple procedures at one time.

Post-Surgery Instructions

Some important instructions following your child’s surgery are as follows:

Diet – For the first 24 hours following surgery, your child should drink plenty of liquids and only eat a soft diet. Don’t allow your child to eat foods that can do damage to any dental work that was placed. These include gooey, sticky, and chewy foods.

Physical Activity – Your child will likely feel tired for about 24 hours following the surgery. Don’t allow your child to participate in any physical activity during this time.

Fever – It’s common for a child to have a low-grade fever after dental surgery. In these situations, you can give your child an over-the-counter, non-aspirin medication, such as a children’s Tylenol. If your child has a fever over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours, please contact your physician or your pediatric dentist in Lansing and DeWitt.

Pain and Bleeding – Your child may experience some gum sensitivity, pain, or bleeding after the surgery. In these circumstances, you can give your child a children’s Tylenol or a Motrin to alleviate any discomfort. If the bleeding is excessive and you can’t stop it through gentle pressure, please get in touch with your DeWitt and Lansing kids dentist immediately.

Nausea and Vomiting – If your child experiences any nausea, rest assured that it’ll only last for a short period of time. If your child vomits, refrain from giving him or her any liquids for a half hour. Over time, slowly progress your child to a regular diet.

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Come Visit Your DeWitt and Lansing Pediatric Dentist!

We also ask that you bring your child to our office a week or two after the surgery. Please give us a call at (517) 337-0032 to schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist in Lansing and DeWitt. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us and let us know. We can’t wait to see you!