Is General Anaesthesia For Children’s Dental Treatment Safe?
Dental treatments aren’t always pleasing. Some procedures can be really hurtful. Now, as adults, we have developed a level of endurance. But what about the children? Can they tolerate so much pain? No.
In paediatric dentistry, anaesthesia and sedation have been proven very helpful. But many parents are sceptical about it because they think that these things are harmful to your child’s health. Is that true?
Let’s find out.
Do We Really Need Anaesthesia During A Child’s Dental Treatment?
Children are curious; they are also restless and fearful of any situation that is unknown or unpleasant to them. With this combination of behavioural activities, it is quite difficult for dentists to perform dental procedures on them.
Dental treatments require high-functioning medical tools, which are occasionally painful. If your child is unable to cooperate with the doctor, if he fails to sit still or follow the instructions of the doctor, he may end up getting a procedural injury.
To overcome those unwanted risks, especially in smaller children, doctors prefer to use some sort of anaesthesia to ease any discomfort and sedation to reduce anxiety in children.
When Do We Need General Anaesthesia?
The most common dental problem we see in children is cavities. Children as young as 2 years old are coming to our clinics with ‘rotting teeth’ or ‘black teeth’. The problem can be accredited to long hours of bottle feeding, night feeding, poor oral hygiene etc. Whatever the case may be, it’s wise to nip the problem in the bud. Because, otherwise, it may spread to other teeth also and even affect the permanent teeth later.
These treatments can cause a little bit of pain which can scare little children easily. But with general anaesthesia, your child will be able to sleep through the entire procedure and the dentist will be able to perform the treatment correctly without distractions.
This technique is also very helpful with specially-abled children.
Is General Anaesthesia Safe For Children?
Today there are doctors who specialise in the science of anaesthesia. They are well capable of monitoring and administering proper doses of anaesthesia based on age, weight and health condition of each person. At Alsawai, qualified anaesthesiologists evaluate the health of your child and make sure only a safe dose of anaesthesia is administered on them. They keep a careful eye on their vitals even during the procedure and until your child gets back to full consciousness.
However, administering general anaesthesia comes with temporary restriction on food and drinks. If it comes to general anaesthesia, make sure that you follow the dietary restrictions and inform the doctor of any prior health conditions that your child might have. With your proper cooperation, general anaesthesia will be totally safe for your child.
If you are worried that your child will get hurt during his dental appointment, bring him to Alsawai. Here, we have safe techniques to work with an uncooperative child. Your child will get healthy teeth pain-free and without being anxious about the treatment.
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