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My son is nearly three years old, and we found out today that he has four cavities (one in each molar). The dentist is recommending general anesthesia due to the amount of work and his age. The work would be done in office, with the pediatric dentist and a certified dental anesthesiologist.

Has anyone done this with their young child? The thought of it makes me incredibly nervous.
 

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My DS (just turned 7 at the time of procedure) just had a lot of work done under GA. He'd had an abscess (antibiotics cleared up the initial infection) but then he needed two molars extracted (baby ones, but his adult ones won't come in until he's 11-12, so he has spaces on two sides now), fillings (about 4), cleaning, sealants etc. The molars that were extracted were in such bad shape that there was no point in trying to keep them. He eats pretty much the same as my DD and same dental routine etc. She has no cavities at age 10.5 and he's had to have so much work done…it's amazing how two kids can be so different.

Anyway, the paediatric dentist suggested GA because there's no way that DS would stay still for the amount of work required, even with laughing gas etc. I was really concerned about general anaesthesia on someone so young, but it all went well. His work was done in a hospital though, not a dentist office. The anaesthesiologist was a paediatric specialist, who works with kids exclusively in the various hospitals, so I knew he was in good hands…helped too that the guy had such a great manner and was playing games and doing magic tricks for DS before he went under. It wasn't scary for him at all.

Recovery was pretty easy. No after effects from the anaesthesia. He wasn't even vomiting (which I'd expected). Just a bit of soft squishy foods for a few days while his jaw healed.

I guess just ask as many questions as you can about the procedure, safety protocols, whatever. I have to admit that I was glad it was done in a hospital so that there was resus equipment etc. on hand in case we needed it. I probably wouldn't have had it done just at the dental office, but then from what I understand, I think the regulations over here preclude dentists from administering GAs in their offices anyway for this reason. At least from the two different consultations we had with different dentists, both said any work under GA would be performed in hospital.

Good luck! Don't be afraid to ask a million questions. It is your LO's health after all.
 

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Thanks for the response. My concern is also that it is done at a dental office vs. a hospital, but I guess it is standard practice here. It wouldn't be the dentist administering the anesthesia. A dental anesthesiologist would administer and monitor while the dentist did the work. Regardless, the thought of anesthesia is still terrifying.

My situation is similar in that the dentist didn't believe that my son could sit still for the amount of work needed, even if separated into a few appointments. I am going to get a second opinion and see what they say.

How long did your son's procedure take?
 

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Thanks for the response. My concern is also that it is done at a dental office vs. a hospital, but I guess it is standard practice here. It wouldn't be the dentist administering the anesthesia. A dental anesthesiologist would administer and monitor while the dentist did the work. Regardless, the thought of anesthesia is still terrifying.

My situation is similar in that the dentist didn't believe that my son could sit still for the amount of work needed, even if separated into a few appointments. I am going to get a second opinion and see what they say.

How long did your son's procedure take?
About two hours. They'd budgeted 90 minutes but found two more cavities to fill after they did X-rays.

I guess just talk to the anaesthesiologist and see what he says. Ours called us two days before hand to discuss any concerns etc. I'd previously had a bad experience with GA and so I wanted to ask him if that aspect was genetic, and he said in his experience, not really. It was true for DS. He recovered just fine.
 
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