General anesthesia for children
The well-being and health of your child are at the heart of our concerns. That is why we want to offer quality, safe, painless and stress-free treatment to your child. In some situations general anesthesia becomes the ideal solution. Because your child’s safety is one of our top priorities, le Centre Dentaire Anjou offers general anaesthesia where the highest standards of sterilization and hygiene are applied. This service is offered to all our young patients under 10 years old at no extra cost.
Dr. Josée Bellefleur, Dr. Annie-Claude Lussier-Morin and Dr. Caroline Quach and Dr. Sarah-Eve Dumais-Pelletier, all pediatric specialisk, work closely with us to treat our young clientele who has an extreme fear of the dentist, those who are too young to be cooperative on the chair, or have too many restorations to be carried out.
The intervention is conducted under the supervision of an anesthesiologist certified by the College of Physicians and his team of respiratory therapists in facilities that conform to the same government norms that are required in a hospital setting.
Information for the day of the appointment
Fasting policy : No solid food after midnight, water and apple juice are allowed until 2 hours before the appointment
On the day of the appointment for general anasthesia, please do not forget :
- The patient must be accompanied by two responsable adults that are able to carry him
- The clothing must be comfortable : avoid one set pieces, overalls and dresses
- Long hair must be tied
- No jewelry
- Provide blanket for home return
- Any patient with any health conditions should contact us for a medical evaluation
The sequence of your experience
Both parents can accompany their child inside for time to put him asleep Once in the room, we will ask your chils to sit on the chair. Then, we will give him a basket to let him choose a surprise. Meanvhile, you will meet the anesthetist that will put your child to sleep. He will ask you somw questions on your child’s health and will examine him. At this step, your role is to distract your child. The anesthetist will take your child’s right hand while you will hold his left hand. The anesthetist will then do a small injection on his hand.
Don’t be surprised he will fall asleep very quickly. When your child will be asleep, we will ask you to retourn in the waiting room for the rest of the surgery. It’s possible for you to go out to eat or drink something. Food is not allowed in the waiting room because there is children on an fasting. However, it’s importante to wait for the dentist to come and meet you before you leave. When the dental treatment will be over, the dentist will come see you to explain how treatments went. Your child have to stay with the anesthetist for a moment. When he will be ready to go in the waking up room, a member of the staff will give you all the necessary indications for the diet and for the days after the surgery.
The possible secondary effects after an anesthesia
Secondary effects are rare, but we prefer the inform you.
Nausea and vomiting :
Despite medication to prevent it, your child could have nausea and vomiting. Inform us if a member of the family or your child ever had these symptoms after anesthesia or if your child has nausea causing by transport.
Chills can be caused by the medication used for the anesthesia, It’s important to keep your chils warm, that is the reasion why we ask you to bring a blanket. If you don’t have one, we will borrow you one whit pleasure.
Agitation and confusion :
The medication that is used to put your child asleep can cause agitation and confusion. When your child will wake up, he can start to cry and whine, but it’s completely normal and it’s not necessarily related to pain. He can do sudden movements, soi t will be important to wath him carefully, because your child can accidentally knock his head on the side of the stretcher. This behavior will disappear when your child will be completely wake up. It will be important to comfort your child and keep him in the blanket.
Sore throat and bleeding :Following the anesthesia, your child can cough a little bit and have hoarse voice, but i twill disappear after 2 or 3 hours. His nose and mouth can bleed, but it’s temporary too and it will stop after a few hours.