Outpatient General Anesthesia
Outpatient general anesthesia may be recommended for children with extensive dental needs that may be best served in a hospital where they are completely asleep. Some indications include but are not limited to treatment for children with special needs and those with extreme situational anxiety in the dental clinic environment. Dr. Jody is the first pediatric dental practice in Lenawee County and hopes that this will be a great service to the community.
General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep in a hospital or outpatient setting so all the treatment can be completed in one visit while your child is comfortably asleep. Dr Jody will be happy to discuss the benefits and risks of this treatment as it pertains to your child.
Prior to your appointment:
- Within 30 days of your child’s scheduled surgery date, a health and history form needs to be completed by your family physician. Surgery will not be performed without this form and we will provide you with the form that you will need.
- Notify us of any changes in your child’s health or medical condition. Inform the doctor of any prescriptions that your child is taking.
- If your child has a fever, ear infection or cold, we may have to reschedule the surgery appointment so please call and ask Dr. Jody and/or the anesthesia staff at the hospital where your child is scheduled. Depending on the situation, you may be able to proceed with surgery.
- A parent or legal guardian must remain in the waiting room during the entire surgery.
- Your child cannot eat or drink after midnight the day of their appointment. This is for their safety.
- Please do not bring any siblings to the surgery center as your child will need your full attention.
- Your child may bring a small comfort item with them to the surgery. (teddy bear, blanket, etc.)
After the appointment:
- Your child may be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely for the remainder of the day. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
- If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up and wake them up every hour. To prevent dehydration, encourage them to have something to drink. It is best to give your child sips of clear liquids at first to prevent nausea. The first meal should be easily digestible and light.
- Sometimes the mouth or gums will be numb after surgery that may last for approximately two to four hours. This may include the lip, tongue and cheek (sometimes even part of the nose). Watch to see that your child does not bite, suck, scratch or injure the cheek, lips or tongue during this time. Doing any of these things can cause swelling and injury to the area. This can happen very quickly so please watch your child. If they do injure themselves cold compresses can help reduce swelling in the first 24 hours and tylenol/motrin may help with discomfort. Salt water rinses can be used.
- Over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given as long as there is no allergies or contraindications in their health. Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD ASPIRIN, this can cause Reye’s Syndrome in some children.
- We will contact you within 24 hours of your child’s surgery appointment to see how your child is doing. We will also schedule a 6 week follow-up appointment in our office. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please feel free contact us.
- Please ask your post operative nurse any questions you may have as they are well versed with dental treatment under general anesthesia and post operative instructions.