Almost everyone is familiar with the sensation of the mouth “asleep” when we go to the dentist. That feeling is the result of local anesthesia, the dentist injects the solution into the mouth to block the pain during the dental procedure. Despite their usefulness to prevent pain, its application to the known. And readed needle generates a lot of anxiety in dental patients. Today, we can feel relief that there are modern dental anesthesia techniques that allow us to visit more enjoyable.
In addition, anxious patients can use sedation and other psychological techniques to relax the patient. However, local anesthesia is not sufficient in some patients. Young patients and some people with certain disabilities did not tolerate treatment despite regular dental local anesthesia. In these patients, general anesthesia is recommended.
Pharmacological agents produce general anesthesia that results in a patient slept soundly (loss of consciousness and reflexes). Due to the nature and risks of this type of anesthesia, it is administered in the operating room of a hospital under the care of an anesthesiologist. The pediatric dentist provides dental treatment in the operating room with the patient asleep by the anesthesiologist.
Dental Treatment Anesthesia
The most common indications for this type of general anesthesia in dental treatment are:
1. The dental status or condition of the patient is significantly complex.
2. Because of age is unable to resist or tolerate pain or cooperate with treatment.
3. The medical condition that is indispensable to perform the treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital that could otherwise pose a significant risk to patient health.
4. Local anesthesia is ineffective or contraindicated.
5. State of fear or anxiety and that the postponement of treatment may result in pain, infection or complications.
6. Severe dental trauma where local anesthesia is ineffective.
7. By reason of disability or inability to tolerate resistor or pain or cooperate with treatment.
It is important that the pediatric dentist examine the patient and determine if this type of anesthesia is indicated for this patient. If so, will require necessary medical consultations, including the anesthesiologist to schedule dental treatment in the hospital.
We encourage parents or guardians of people who have tried unsuccessfully to complete their children’s dental treatment. Because of anxiety and behavior in the dentist’s office to consult with a pediatric dentist. This professional can guide you if general dental anesthesia techniques would be appropriate in this case.