• Dr Sonal Naran

General Anaesthesia in Paediatric Dentistry

Dental procedures can be extremely challenging for some people, including children. As parents, you may avoid bringing your child to the dentist for treatment due to your past experiences. However, dental treatment is crucial for a child’s oral health and general well-being.

For this reason, we can use general anaesthesia (putting the patient to "sleep") as an option for some kids in order to complete treatment.


Several treatments done simultaneously and comfortably

General anaesthesia enables your child to be comfortable, with less stress, and allows the dentist to complete the treatment required. Treatment done in this manor results in a less stressful event for the child in comparison to in-chair treatments.


Treatment that can be facilitated under general anaesthesia includes (but not limited to):

· X-rays

· Teeth Cleaning

· Fluoride application

· Fillings

· Extractions

· Crowns

· Sealants

· Baby Root Canals


Anaesthesiologist performs & oversees the procedure

An anaesthesiologist will give your child the relevant medication to make them sleep and will be monitoring your child throughout the procedure which is performed at a day clinic theatre facilities.

Is this the right option for your child?

General anaesthesia is usually recommended in the following circumstances:

If your child -

· has an extreme fear of the dentist

· is below the age of 4 years old, with extensive treatment

· has multiple dental issues

· has special needs

· is uncooperative in the dental rooms


Some important things to remember

· Remember to check with your medical aid if the procedure is covered.

· There are many risks that are involved with general anaesthesia. Even though these risks are uncommon, it is important to discuss the risks with your dentist and the anaesthesiologist.

· Your child is not allowed any food 8 hours prior to the procedure.

· Your child may be upset after the procedure – this is normal as they are normally confused once the anaesthesia has worn off.

· Ensure that your child does not bite or chew on their lips or tongue after the procedure. Use caution when your child is eating or drinking anything during this period. The local anaesthesia takes 2-3 hours to wear off.


General anaesthesia can allow your child to undergo dental treatment, without fear and anxiety. By doing so, your child can also be more comfortable for future treatments when they are older.

Should you like to get further information, feel free to contact us on info@waterfalldental.co.za.


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