Help Your Child Cope With Anesthesia At The Dentist

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If you are worried about your child and want to know how to make it easier for him or her and the dentist during surgery, especially if your son will need to get anesthetized, read on. The following will provide you with information about how children handle dental visits, anesthesia, and tips on how to make it easier for all who are involved.

Reactions to Anesthesia

If you are unsure how your child will react to anesthesia, especially when put under with general anesthetization, rest assured, there is almost nothing to worry about. General anesthesia will make your child unconscious during a dental procedure, such as tooth removal. Anesthesia will help your child to feel no pain during surgery, and have no awareness of what is happening while the procedure is going on.

As your child slowly comes out of unconsciousness, he or she might say or do things he normally wouldn't. Don't be alarmed or worried about it, as it is perfectly normal. The effect of acting or saying silly things occurs in girls, but seems to be more prominent in boys.

Help Your Child Prepare for Surgery

There are things you can do to prepare your child for his or her upcoming surgery. Be honest with him or her about what will happen, and explain the procedure. When you go to the dentist's office try to stay calm throughout the procedure. Children might become more nervous if they see that you are nervous or worried.

Your dentist and anesthesiologist, like those at Apollo Dental Center, will let you know when your child will need to stop eating before the surgery. The anesthesiologist will ask you if your child is on medication, and let you know if he or she should stop taking the medication and for how long before the surgery.

Both of you will meet the anesthesiologist before your child gets anesthetized. Prepare a list of questions that you or your child may have, such as how long before the anesthesia wears off, and will he or she feel any pain during or after the surgery, and what, if anything, could happen as a result of anesthetization.

In rare cases, genetics can play a role in negative reactions to anesthesia, so find out if anyone of your relatives has had any bad experiences being under, and tell your dentist and anesthesiologist about any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences in your family. 

You will be able to stay with your child while he or she is put under with anesthesia, and can remain with him or her throughout the entire procedure, too. Anesthesia is a good way to ensure that your child will not experience pain during a dental procedure, and the effects wear off usually within an hour or two after the surgery.