Some children that are young or severely apprehensive are best treated under general anesthesia. Meaning necessary diagnostics, cleaning and treatment are performed while the child is asleep. This eliminates the fear factor and sets the child up for easy check-up visits that are non-invasive. It also allows the dental team to establish a rapport with the child to help aid in overcoming their fear of dentistry.
It is sometimes necessary to complete dental treatment on children using general Anesthesia; this gets decided between the Pediatric dentist and the parents to achieve best results. This is because there is increased apprehension of the dental setting or Presence of multiple carious lesions.
While the child is treated he/she will receive:
- Cleaning of the teeth
- Restorations or extractions to remove all decay to be a caries-free child
- Concentrated fluoride therapy