General Anesthesia

Little girl scared at the dentistHere at the office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we’re proud to be your go-to pediatric dentist in Lansing and East Lansing. We happily offer compassionate pediatric dental care to children of all ages and aim to create the most comfortable experience for your child. Our highly skilled staff strives to go above and beyond, not only to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere but also supplying general anesthesia in order to help an anxious child through any necessary or recommended dental treatment.

What Is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is used to put a child into a deep sleep to avoid experiencing pain or discomfort and to keep your child from moving around, allowing procedures to be performed quickly and painlessly. As your trusted DeWitt children’s dentist, we take many factors into consideration when administering general anesthesia — your child’s age, behavior, and the dental treatment that’s to be performed. We also require your child to have a physical examination completed by their pediatrician a week or less prior to general anesthesia being administered. This helps ensure all treatment is as safe and effective as possible.

The Anesthesia Procedure

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

Why General Anesthesia Is Used

As your trusted East Lansing children’s dentist, Dr. Jacob Myer may use general anesthesia for the following reasons:

  • 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 during one visit

 

Post-Surgery Instructions

To ensure your child experiences the smoothest possible recovery, there are some important instructions to follow post-surgery:

Diet – During the first 24 hours post-surgery, your child should drink plenty of liquids and eat only soft foods. Do not allow your child to eat foods that can do damage to any dental work that was completed, such as gooey, sticky, or chewy foods.

Physical Activity – Your child will likely feel tired during the next 24 hours following 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 a medical doctor or your East Lansing children’s dentist.

Pain and Bleeding – Your child may experience some gum sensitivity, pain, or bleeding after surgery. In these circumstances, you can give them children’s Tylenol or Motrin to alleviate any discomfort. If the bleeding is excessive and you can’t stop it through gentle pressure, call your pediatric dentist or a doctor.

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.

Forms

As your Dewitt children’s dentist, we want the process to go as smoothly as possible for you and your child. Below are a few forms you will want to be familiar with prior to the dental surgery process:

Make an Appointment with your Dewitt, Lansing, and East Lansing Children’s Dentist Today!

If your child requires dental surgery and you’re looking to make the process as quick and painless as possible, Dr. Jacob Myers and his caring staff are here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. We look forward to seeing you!