Hospital Dentistry

At times, some children may require treatment in a hospital setting under general anesthesia.

What is General Anesthesia?
General Anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment.

Who should receive general anesthesia for dental treatment?
Treatment in a hospital setting under general anesthesia may be recommended  for children with dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious, or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion.  General anesthesia can also be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.

Is general anesthesia safe?
Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately trained individual in an appropriately equipped facility.  Precautions are taken to protect your child during general anesthesia; personnel who are trained to manage complications will manage your child closely.  We will discuss the benefits and risks of general anesthesia and why it may be recommended for your child.

What Special Considerations are associated with the general anesthesia appointment?
A physical evaluation is required prior to general anesthesia for dental care.  The physical assessment provides information to assure the safety of your child during the general anesthesia procedure.  We will advise you of the evaluation appointments that are required.
Patients are instructed to report to the pediatric dentist any illness that occurs prior to the general anesthesia appointment.  It may be necessary to reschedule the appointment.  It is very important to follow instructions regarding fasting from fluids and foods prior to the appointment.

Your child will be discharged when stable, alert, and ready to depart.  Patients often are tired following general anesthesia.  You will be instructed to let the child rest at home with minimal activity until the next day.  Post-operative dietary recommendations will also be given.
Our dentists treat patients under general anesthesia at Jersey Shore Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center.