For my child, I only want some treatment under general anesthesia…

Occasionally parents will request that the dentist only perform the minimum work that their child needs under general anesthesia. If this is a concern to you, please discuss with your dentist prior to your appointment.

Since there are risks to sedation and general anesthesia, we recommend that all treatment recommended be done under anesthesia. Some studies show that multiple exposures to anesthesia may increase the risk of learning disabilities. (e.g. Flick, RP. Cognitive and behavioral outcomes after early exposure to anesthesia and surgery, Pediatrics 2011 Nov;128(5):e1053-61.) There are also recommendations that crowns should be favored when a child is under anesthesia. (e.g. Seale, NS.The use of stainless steel crowns, Pediatric Dentistry 2002 Sep-Oct;24(5):501-5.)


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