General Anesthesia & Pediatric Dentistry



To keep your child comfortable during a dental procedure, sometimes the dentist will decide to use general anesthesia. General anesthesia may also be used if; your child’s dental procedures will take longer to complete, several procedures need to be done at once, the procedure is complicated, or if your child will not cooperate for treatment either awake or even slightly sedated.

As a parent, watching your child undergo general anesthesia may be discomforting. Although you are concerned, it is important to be helpful to your child. Bring along a comforting item such as blankie, or a favourite toy.

After the administration of general anesthesia, your child’s whole body will fall asleep. His or her reflexes will be relaxed and no pain will be felt during the procedure. Your child will wake up and have no recollection of the procedure.

Once the procedure is complete, your child may still feel the effects of the general anesthesia for several hours. You should only give your child soft foods and use caution when your child is drinking anything. In some cases, their nose, mouth and throat will remain numb for some time after.

If your child experiences fever, bleeding gums, lots of pain or vomiting/dizziness for more than 24 hours after the procedure with general anesthesia it is important to call the dentist right away.

If you have any questions about dental treatment under general anesthesia, call us at 905-264-1543