General Anesthesia

Pediatric dentistry.

For Families Across Dewitt & East Lansing

The office of Dr. Jacob Myers, D.D.S., is an East Lansing pediatric dentistry practice that provides comfortable and compassionate dental care to children of all ages. Our pediatric dentists and their friendly and caring staff are focused on helping children achieve and maintain good oral health for a lifetime of happy smiles.

Sometimes it is necessary for a child to be put under general anesthesia in order for the dentist to safely provide the child with the necessary dental treatment. When this type of situation arises, our pediatric dental specialists are credentialed at Sparrow Hospital for outpatient dental surgery.

What Is General Anesthesia

General anesthesia puts a child into a deep sleep wherein he/she cannot feel pain or move around. This is the same type of anesthesia that is used when placing ear tubes or removing tonsils and it is always done in a hospital. While under general anesthesia, the patient’s reflexes will be completely relaxed and no pain is felt.

When planning a procedure requiring general anesthesia, our doctors take many things into consideration including the child’s age, behavior and the amount and extent of the dental treatment needed. Before general anesthesia is given, we require that the child undergoes a physical examination by his or her pediatrician within one week prior to the planned surgery.

Why General Anesthesia is Used

General anesthesia is used in pediatric dentistry to:
  • Allow children to receive the necessary dental treatment safely, efficiently and effectively
  • Relieve anxiety and eliminate pain

  • Keep patients still by relaxing the muscles

  • Allow special needs children to receive the dental treatment they need

  • To complete all procedures at one time

An anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia and monitors the child during the entire procedure. Once the dental treatment has been completed, the anesthesiologist reverses the anesthesia process to help the patient “wake up”. This recovery typically takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. During the recovery period, the child is constantly monitored by specially trained nurses and is still under the care of the anesthesiologist.

Post-Pediatric Dental Surgery Instructions

Nausea & Vomiting:
If your child experiences nausea or vomiting, rest assured that it typically only lasts for a short period of time. If your child does vomit, refrain from giving him/or her any liquids for about one-half hour. If your child feels nauseous, slowly progress to a regular diet. Your child may experience a sore throat for a day or two due to the gases used but this too shall pass.

Diet: Your child should only eat a soft diet and drink plenty of liquids for the first 24 hours following surgery. Do not allow your child to eat any foods that can do damage to the caps or fillings that were placed including gooey, sticky and chewy foods.

Pain & Bleeding: All children respond differently to pain and discomfort with some feeling sore after surgery and some not. Your child may experience some gum sensitivity from the caps or fillings that have been placed and some bleeding is normal. If your child had teeth extracted, you can expect some bleeding and discomfort. You can give your child Children’s Tylenol or Motrin* to alleviate the discomfort they feel. If your child’s mouth bleeds excessively and you cannot stop it by applying gentle pressure, contact our office right away.

Fever: It is common for a child to run a low-grade fever (99-100F) following dental surgery. If your child has a low fever, you can give them a over-the-counter, non-aspirin medication such as  Children’s Tylenol or Motrin*.  Call our office or your pediatrician if your child runs a fever over 101.5F for a period of 24 hours.

Physical Activity: It is normal for your child to feel tired for 24 hours following the surgery due the medication he or she received. Do not leave your child unattended and do not allow your child to partake in any strenuous activity for the next 24 hours. Your child can resume his or her regular activities the day after the surgery.

Post-Op Visits to our East Lansing Office

We will ask that you bring your child to our office in a week or two after the surgery. Simply give us a call at (517)337-0032 after your child’s surgery to schedule this follow-up appointment. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us.

*Note: Whenever you give your child any medication, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for administering the medication which is found on the package. Aspirin is not recommended for children.


Contact Your East Lansing Pediatric Dentistry Practice

At the practice of Dr. Jacob Myers, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of dental care in a safe and compassionate environment. We are always available to speak with the parents and caregivers of our patients, to answer questions and address concerns. If you would like more information about general anesthesia or have any concerns you would like to discuss, please call our office during regular business hours.