WATCH VIDEO 6- BENEFITS OF DENTAL ANESTHESIA
Children that attend our office may not have complex dental needs but require sedation or anesthesia to complete their dental care. Many children require this service as they have been uncooperative at their pre-existing dental office despite behavioural control techniques, have significant anxiety associated with dental care, and/or have more extensive dental disease.
We suggest your child has a consultation appointment determine their eligibility for safe treatment and dental needs. Once we assess their situation we can begin looking at management options, which most often is deep sedation. However, it can also include various forms of sedation and/or general anesthesia.
Our goal is to provide your child with extremely comfortable and safe environment while their dental care is completed!
We perform all aspects of pediatric dental care, such as:
- Exams and X-rays
- Fillings, in white or silver (composite or amalgam)
- Crowns, in white or silver (composite or stainless-steel)
- Pulpal-therapy options (baby root canals)
A note about children and anesthesia:
CONSENSUS STATEMENT ON THE USE OF ANESTHETIC AND
SEDATIVE DRUGS IN INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Each year, millions of infants and toddlers require anesthesia and/or sedation for surgery, procedures, and tests. Concern has been raised about the safety of the medicines used for anesthesia and sedation in young children. This concern is based on research in animals demonstrating long-term, possibly permanent, injury to the developing brain caused by exposure to these medicines.This injury results in abnormalities in behavior, learning, and memory in animals. The effect of exposure to anesthetic drugs in young children is unknown; however, some but not all studies have suggested that problems similar to those seen in animals could also occur in infants and toddlers. It is important to recognize that the studies in children suggest that similar deficits may occur. These studies in children have limitations that prevent experts from understanding whether the harmful effects were due to the anesthetic drugs or to other factors such as the surgery or related illness. Better research is required to understand whether children are harmed and if so, what alternative medicines might be used to minimize risk from anesthesia.
Because there is not enough information about the effects of anesthetic drugs on the brains of young children, it is not yet possible to know whether use of these medicines poses a risk, and if so, whether the risk is large enough to outweigh the benefit of the planned surgery, procedure, or test. Until further research clarifies the importance of these findings we recommend: The following for parents and caregivers.
Discuss the timing of planned procedures with your child's primary care physician, surgeon/dentists, and anesthesiologist. Concerns regarding the unknown risk of anesthetic exposure to your child's brain development must be weighed against the potential harm associated with cancelling or delaying a needed procedure. Each child's care must reevaluated individually based on age, type and urgency of the procedure and other health factors. Your child's doctors are best able to provide this advice.