Loma Linda Children's Dental Group | General Anesthesia I.V. Sedation in Loma Linda

 

 Dr. Christopher Wacker

              Pediatric Dentistry
  Loma Linda Children's Dental Group

     In the Professional Plaza across from the VA
 

 

 

 
25455 Barton Road, Suite 205B, Loma Linda, CA 92354
       (909) 796-2507  Fax (909) 796-3247
Our Services
 
General Anesthesia I.V. Sedation

Outpatient General Anesthesia I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well with Nitrous Oxide. The dentist completes all dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.

General anesthesia with I.V. renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes placed, or if you were to have your wisdom teeth removed. This is performed in a outpatient setting only here at our office. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

Prior to your appointment:

*Please notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.

*You must tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking (prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications) and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.

*Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.

* Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to arriving at the office.

*Your child should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment.

*The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the complete procedure.

After the sedation appointment:

* Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.

* If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.

* Because we may use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure, your child may have the tendency to bite or chew their lips, cheeks, and/or tongue and/or rub and scratch their face after treatment. Please observe your child carefully to prevent any injury to these areas.

* If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.

* Prior to leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed list of "Post-Op Instructions" and an emergency contact number if needed.

Please call our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.

 
 
Loma Linda Dentist | General Anesthesia I.V. Sedation. Christopher Wacker is a Loma Linda Dentist.