For some children, general anaesthesia (GA) may be the only way to provide a total rehabilitation. Especially very young children with carious teeth, GA may be the best way to achieve caries-free dentition in just a few hours.
When GA is selected, the parents will be called for a talk with the practice administrators and the anaesthesiologist. They will be briefed on the whole procedure and any doubts will be explained slowly and in detail for the parents full education.
Half an hour before the GA the child will be given a tranquilizer in the form of a syrup that will make the child a little drowsy, and as the fear slowly vanishes, GA is made simple.
Then the GA will be delivered by the anaesthetist and the child will sleep within a few minutes. Until this stage the parents usually remain alongside their child. During the whole GA ordeal, the child will be taken care of by the anaesthetist and a operating-room nurse.
After the procedure the parents can be with their child in the recovery room until the child recovers from the GA (it may take roughly 1 hour) and the anaesthetist has decided that the child has fully recovered and is in no form of danger.