|What are the different
types of Dental Anaesthesia?
|Do most dental
procedures require Anesthesia?
|NO, only FEW dental procedures require
anaesthesia. Most commonly extraction of teeth and treatment of dental
infections e.g. Root Canal Treatment and drainage of pus require local anaethesia.
Generally most patients are very comfortable with local anesthesia and these procedures
can be carried out successfully.
|But is it necessary to
subject even children to anaesthesia?
|Yes! It is important to reduce discomfort and
pain to a minimum. If your child experiences pain during a dental procedure, he will not
be a good dental patient in future. Local anesthesia can be safely administered even in a
very young child. It must be mentioned that General Anaesthesia is generally not
recommended for children, unless for major surgical procedures like injuries, fractures
If you are taking your child for dental
treatment under local anesthesia, be sure to give your dentist positive history of
- Jaundice & malaria in last 3 months
- Any liver disease
- Bleeding disorders
- Any other treatment going on
|Lately we have been
hearing a lot about CONSCIOUS SEDATION.
What is it?
|This concept in pediatric dentistry will be
new to most parents.
Conscious sedation is a means to control an unmanageable child where all other means of
restraint have failed. Your dentist will ask for your written consent before he/she
attempts conscious sedation. You should understand the procedure completely before giving
|Things You Need to Know
It is completely safe.
Minimal side effects
There are qualified anesthesiologists for this procedure.
You dentist will call a specialist for this.
It is not a routine procedure but is extremely useful in
To control inappropriate behavior, which interferes with
To provide comfortable and efficient dental treatment,
without compromising on quality.
- Fearful, uncontrollable children.
- In lengthy complicated procedures to
|But what exactly is done
here? How is it beneficial for my child?
The following guidelines are to be observed
Intravenous route of administration is preferred over oral route. Children are
given certain drugs that minimally depress the level of consciousness. Even though your
child is sedated (put to sleep with drugs)
- He is not unconscious
- His reflexes (ability to react) are absolutely normal
- His breathing is continuous, spontaneous and unobstructed
- He can respond to all kinds of physical stimuli and verbal
- Conscious sedation is completely reversible
If your child is to be given conscious sedation
- Take care to provide the anesthesiologist with accurate
medical history and information of drug allergy if any.
- Learn about the side effects
- Rigidly, follow the list of instructions given by the
- Ensure that it is carried out in a hospital where all
necessary equipment is available.