While nitrous oxide is usually enough to relax your child during most oral procedures, there are times when being awake may produce a difficult or even traumatic experience. If a child is especially young, anxious, or has special physical or mental needs—or if the procedure is more severe—then general anesthesia may be a better option. After all, the last thing we want is to encourage a lifelong fear of dentists!
Unlike the conscious sedation from nitrous oxide, general anesthesia renders your child completely asleep—the same as if they were having tonsils removed, an ear tube inserted, or other forms of surgery. This provides the double benefit of ensuring they are completely unaware of their treatment while retaining no memory of it afterward.
Anesthesia is administered in the comfort of our office by a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 30 years of experience, making the procedure extremely safe. Dr. Sonia is also a staff member at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, where general anesthesia will be provided should the doctor determine your child would be better served in a larger facility.
Following the treatment, we’ll provide you with the necessary dietary and home care instructions to ensure your child’s swift recovery and help maintain healthy dental habits.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment under general anesthesia, our staff will be happy to help.