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My 5 year old boy has been sticking his fingers in his mouth lately and I finally asked him why. (Duh!) Turns out an ankylosed molar (stuck to his jaw bone) has started to give him pain and he just never told me. I took him into the dentist who recommends oral surgery to remove it under general anesthesia at the hospital. He said the surgery could last anywhere form half and hour to an hour and a half depending on how much bone needs to be cut. It's a major surgery and the resulting hole to his sinuses will have to be closed up properly. I feel so overwhelmed and am already distrusting of the dentist due to the fact that they took 7 bite wing x-rays and a full panorama... which seemed like way too much risk of radiation to me.

 

I feel so unprepared. What should I know about general anesthesia for young children? Anyone know of good studies on the effects/risks/alternatives?

 

Are there any feasible alternatives? My son is cooperative and not at all scared of the dentist or doctor.

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As a peds nurse, I can tell you if you have to come to this forum to ask these questions, it means those things were not adequately explained to your satisfaction. If you are in doubt about the anesthesia you need to ask for it to be explained again. The bigger issue is that this surgery sounds very involved. It might be good to take the xrays and getting a second opinion so you feel satisfied that it's necessary and/or what to expect. Good luck!


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I agree, get a second opinion.

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I had a dentist offer GA for normal cavity repairs with my toddler, we declined that and had them wrap him up and use nitrous. For this it sounds needed though. Definitely see another dentist to double check, bringing the xrays so they don't have to do more of them, especially for your own peace of mind since you don't trust this one so much. So sorry he has to go through all this (and you too).

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I think a second opinion with a pediatric dentist is a good thing but I think that taking that many xrays to get a complete picture of the teeth it could mean the dentist wanted to be very sure surgery was absolutely necessary. I wouldn't do a surgery that involved in the office and I doubt there are doctors who will.

My DD had in office sedation and was more lethargic afterwards than when she gad GA to repair a broken bone. I'd go with the GA.
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Second opinions are always good.  Meet with whatever surgeon you had recommended, meet with another if you don't feel at ease or like things are explained well (and assuming you don't need to rush into this surgery asap and your son isn't in severe pain over this at the moment.).  Usually the surgeons are actually really good at meeting with you about your issues.  You're a good mom for paying attention to the problem and taking him in now.  I'm sure the x-rays are needed for the surgery and that's mainly why they were so comprehensive.  :hug

 

Keeping up with superb nutrition is always a good idea in times like this.  I've read about cholera, spirulina, wheatgrass, and seaweeds in general being especially helpful for xrays/radiation.  As well as extra vitamins A,C, and E.  And miso.  All things you'd be able to give easily in smoothies/soups to a young kid or are in your basic multivitamin (or other kid-friendly vitamins).  

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 I've read about cholera ... being especially helpful for xrays/radiation.

Chlorophyll?

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My 5 year old boy has been sticking his fingers in his mouth lately and I finally asked him why. (Duh!) Turns out an ankylosed molar (stuck to his jaw bone) has started to give him pain and he just never told me. I took him into the dentist who recommends oral surgery to remove it under general anesthesia at the hospital. He said the surgery could last anywhere form half and hour to an hour and a half depending on how much bone needs to be cut. It's a major surgery and the resulting hole to his sinuses will have to be closed up properly. I feel so overwhelmed and am already distrusting of the dentist due to the fact that they took 7 bite wing x-rays and a full panorama... which seemed like way too much risk of radiation to me.

 

I feel so unprepared. What should I know about general anesthesia for young children? Anyone know of good studies on the effects/risks/alternatives?

 

Are there any feasible alternatives? My son is cooperative and not at all scared of the dentist or doctor.

 

 

I'm sure he will be fine. Surely the doctor has performed this procedure before. My oldest daughter has had tonsillectomy and tubes in her ears as did my oldest son. My youngest child has had tubes as well. They all needed general anesthesia. My  oldest daughter was also hospitalized about 8 years ago for a life threatening illness and had plasma run through her body and had IV's and everything for a couple of weeks. Trust me, there are children that go through much worse.


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Chlorophyll?

Omg, yes- chlorophyll. duh.gif.

Sorry I didn't catch the odd change there of my misspelled word. And I was all concerned about spelling spirulina correctly.
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My 5 year old boy has been sticking his fingers in his mouth lately and I finally asked him why. (Duh!) Turns out an ankylosed molar (stuck to his jaw bone) has started to give him pain and he just never told me. I took him into the dentist who recommends oral surgery to remove it under general anesthesia at the hospital. He said the surgery could last anywhere form half and hour to an hour and a half depending on how much bone needs to be cut. It's a major surgery and the resulting hole to his sinuses will have to be closed up properly. I feel so overwhelmed and am already distrusting of the dentist due to the fact that they took 7 bite wing x-rays and a full panorama... which seemed like way too much risk of radiation to me.

 

I feel so unprepared. What should I know about general anesthesia for young children? Anyone know of good studies on the effects/risks/alternatives?

 

Are there any feasible alternatives? My son is cooperative and not at all scared of the dentist or doctor.

 

then take your child to another dentist for a second opinion?


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