Anethesia for children?

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My four year old has to get her teeth fixed on Tuesday & I'm so nervous because the doctor recommended using anesthesia... what do you guys think about children anesthesia?

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Liz - posted on 03/24/2013

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2 of my boys had to have tubes put in their ears and needed anesthesia for the procedure. The anesthesiologist for my 2nd son actually came in after administering the anesthesia and told me that they accidentally gave him too much, but that he wasn't concerned other than they would monitor him closely. He said he would probably be a little groggier than my other son was when he came to, but he was just fine. It is nerve-wracking to be a mother and know that your child is in the complete care of another (whom you probably don't know) and especially when you know they will be under anesthesia. But your child's doctor has her (and your) best interest in mind. If you have ANY questions or concerns, your child's doctor will be more than happy to ease your mind. Just ask exactly what they will be doing, step by step, and I'm sure they will be glad to sit down and let you know what all is going on.

Liz - posted on 03/24/2013

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If it's needful, then I don't have a problem with it as it is usually very carefully administered. Doctors have to weigh up the risks versus the benefits with any patient and will do so for your daughter. If you have any specific concerns, the pediatric anaesthesiologist will talk through them with you.

My daughter had to have a brief general anaesthetic when she was 2 years old and asthmatic, because she needed bilateral ear drainage tubes inserted. She was absolutely fine.

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Crystal Van - posted on 03/26/2013

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Hi : I'm not sure exactly what ur child is having done under anesthisa for (his or her) teeth but my daughter was put under when she was only a year and a half so I understand what ur feeling , however she came out just fine and was bouncing off the walls by the afternoon , she had to have tubes put in her ears for having multiple ear infections , and her pain from those was far worse for a mom when your child is barley speaking and not knowing what to do, also my child was unusually happy all the time so when she came out she just wanted to snuggle, the children that were there were confused, and screaming and some what combattive , this is apparently how the doctors said she would come out ..........but again every case is different .....good luck

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2013

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My three year old boy had to be put on local anethesia for dental work.he had seven teeth covered with silver and he did fine.just wanted me after he woke up.so be prepared for a little crying.

Mandy - posted on 03/26/2013

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My three year old son had the exact same thing done yesterday. And yes, it was a dental procedure that HAD to be done. We got opinions from three different pediatric dentists. I was extremely nervous going into it, but it went so smoothly. He was pretty upset waking up, but other than that, did great.

Vianey - posted on 03/25/2013

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First of all, please make sure it's dental work your child really needs AND that the dentist is going to wait for the anesthesia to kick in prior to working on your child. I had the worst experience ever and only let it happen once. You are your child's advocate, their voice. When my daughter was about 2 years old, she got one of her front teeth chipped off with the hard eyeball of a stuffed animal. It didn't bother her, she ate just fine. But I took her to the dentist anyway and she said she would fix it but my daughter would need to drink this medicine that was going to make her relax for the procedure. That soundedlike something I would put my baby girl through. The day of the procedure, I had my 4year old son come along since my daughter was having a relatively uneventful procedure done and we would both be with her. OH WAS I WRONG!!!! They gave her the medicine and immediately strapped her down to this Velcro wrap, without giving her any time for the medicine to kick in. In horror she wailed and cried through the entire procedure. I was so upset at myself. I took my baby girl home and she was out for HOURS! She eventually woke up and was fine. The very next day, she was eating dinner and that tiny piece she had fixed fell off!!! So I called the dentist back, this was a dentist I chose from my insurance list at the time, and yeah she said she put it back on if I wanted to. So I said to them, " If you are going to wait for the anesthesia to kick in, and NOT strap in my daughter, I will bring her back in" of course they said they couldn't wait d/t busy appt. schedule. I NEVER took her back to them. I found another dentist that advised me to just let my daughter's baby tooth fall off. It fell off and I've been taking my 3 children to him. The good thing is that my baby girl was only 2 years old and doesn't remember that aweful first dentist experience. NOW I make sure I know exactly what to expect if my kids need to get something from the doctor, dentist, whomever. Good luck to you.

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2013

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Thank you so much I really appreciate it! Im going to make sure to ask all the questions I have... Its going to be a long day but I know everything will go good!

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