For children who are receiving an advanced treatment or who do not respond to nitrous oxide, Dr. Richards and Dr. Miller may recommend general anesthesia during your child’s visit. For children who are treated with general anesthesia, they will be treated in one of our local hospital facilities. General anesthesia can help your child be more comfortable by safely sleeping through their treatments. Your child will be cared for by a team that is highly trained in administering general anesthesia and will constantly monitor your child to ensure that the treatment goes smoothly. If you have questions about your child being treated with general anesthesia in Mentor, Ohio, we invite you to call us at (440)266-1740 and schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists to discuss your questions.

General anesthesia is a stronger sedative that will put your child to sleep. Typically, this type of sedation is administered to help make it safer for our pediatric dentists to perform more complex and potentially uncomfortable treatments. When your child receives general anesthesia, they will be unconscious, which means they will not be able to feel any pain or move around during a procedure. This can make any treatment easier and safer for our doctors to perform, and more relaxing and comfortable for your child.

General anesthesia may be used for a variety of reasons. Before any anesthesia is administered, however, our pediatric dentists will discuss these reasons with a parent or legal guardian to ensure that consent is provided. Some of the most common reasons for anesthetic include when your child:

  • Cannot relax enough for treatment to be properly and safely performed
  • Requires advanced treatments, such as oral surgery that may be intolerable without sedation
  • Plans to receive multiple treatments in one visit
  • Has a disability that limits their ability to be properly treated in the dental chair

If your child requires general anesthesia, our skilled pediatric dentists and team are trained to administer this sedative and will monitor your child throughout their treatment. If you have questions about your child receiving general anesthesia as part of their dental care, please call or visit us today.