General anesthesia is available in-office!
Dr. Felton and Dr. Gannam offer in-office general anesthesia for many of the pediatric dentistry services at Lowry Pediatric Dental Health. This in-office setting can save private insurance families costly trips to the hospital, totaling savings of up to $5,000.
Anesthesiologists who are specially trained to work with children come to our office and provide the same safety as in a hospital, but with much lower costs. You can be sure that during your child’s procedure, an anesthesiologist will be with them from start to finish. Click on the highlighted link above to learn more about the anesthesia team who provides care for our special little people.
Who can benefit from general anesthesia sedation?
Children who are very young, have high anxiety, or are unable to cooperate due to maturity level can benefit from sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment. Specific details tailored to each patient will be discussed with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
For children who need help with reducing anxiety or undergoing longer appointments, nitrous oxide is a safe and easy to administer solution. Nitrous oxide can also help children reduce their gag reflex, in turn making it easier for them to tolerate dental instruments in their mouths. A few other benefits achieved through the use of nitrous oxide are: a reduction of untoward movement and it can help to decrease pain and sensitivity.
Patients remain completely conscious when under the treatment of nitrous oxide. They are able to fully respond to questions and react to stimuli. Eating prior to treatment with nitrous oxide is fine, but it is recommended to avoid heavy meals at least 2 hours prior due to nausea being a side effect that occurs in 0.5 percent of patients.
At the end of every visit with nitrous oxide, 100% oxygen is administered for 5 minutes in order to completely flush the body of the gas. The child will leave his or her appointment completely free of nitrous oxide and its effects.