Is general anesthesia safe for a 2 yr old during dental procedure?

Lia - posted on 10/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




My little Hailee is 2 yrs old and today at her first dental appointment her dentist said she needs to have two fillings or possibly two crowns. The thing is he recommends putting her under general anesthesia and the procedure would be at the hospital and not in office. I can't help but worry. She is only two and it would be her second visit with the dentist but at a hospital. Has anyone had an experience such as mine? It's a big choice and my husband and I can't figure out what is the right choice.


Anaquita - posted on 10/16/2012




I would get an opinion from the pediatrician on general anesthesia. My son's had two fillings done, and it was in the office, with the numbing into the mouth. But then he's 8, and not 2. Really, teeth are tied into someone's health. If you don't get things taken care of, it can have some seriously negative health consequences, so there might not be much of a choice. At least with being in the hospital, they can get it ALL done at once, and not repeated visits to get one or two things taken care of.

Also see about getting her into a better routine in brushing, flossing, etc, so that once her adult teeth begin to grow in, she's not having to go through this again and again. Some kids can be more resistant, but sometimes the battle is worth the eventual outcome.

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