PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR GENERAL ANESTHESIA

ALL prospective patients must have their family physician fill out the medical history form prior to booking an appointment.  Once we review this medical history form, we will determine if your child can be seen in our clinic.  Based on their medical history, some patients might not qualify for an out of hospital general anesthetic and may need to be seen in the hospital.

 

On the day of the appointment, we will be providing the anesthetic and monitoring your child the entire time while your dentist concentrates on the dental work. Having two people take care of your child allows each of us to completely focus on our task at hand.

 

Three documents will be emailed / faxed or mailed to you:

- Instructions on how to prepare your child for general anesthesia

- Financial agreement (please sign and return to our office)

- Informed consent (please sign and return to our office)

 

We must receive the signed financial agreement AND informed consent prior to securing the appointment at our office. Please take the time to read through each document and feel free to ask us any questions you may have regarding your anesthetic. We are always happy to answer your questions.

 

Please note: Our office is completely separate from your dentist’s office and so all questions and concerns related to anesthesia and/or finances should be directed to us.  Any questions you have regarding the dental treatment should be referred to your dentist's office.  On behalf of my staff and myself, we look forward to being a part of your child’s oral health care needs.

BEFORE

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight, the night before your child’s appointment (no mints or gum either). Food in the stomach may cause vomiting during anesthesia and may lead to a medical emergency.

After midnight, your child can ONLY have clear fluids* up till 3 hours before your appointment time.

 

For those three hours before your child’s appointment, they are not allowed anything, NOT even a sip of water. This is important for the safety of your child during their anesthetic.

 

For example: If your child's appointment is at 8 am, then the only thing he/she may have is water or clear apple juice between midnight and 5 am. After that your child is NOT allowed to drink anything. Not even a sip of water. This includes gum and mints.

 

*CLEAR FLUIDS:

clear apple juice, ginger ale, 7up, gatorade and water.

(drinks you can clearly see through)

NOT CLEAR FLUIDS:

orange juice, mango juice, drinks with pulp, cola drinks, Jello, soups, broths, and milk.

(drinks you cannot clearly see through)

If your child takes any medications, please contact us so we can let you know if you should withhold or continue their medications the day of surgery. Please advise our office of ANY recent changes in their health such as fever, flu, cold, vomiting or diarrhea before their appointment.

DURING

Going to Sleep

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your appointment. This will allow the ‘freezing’ cream that we will place on your child’s hand time to work. We allow ONE parent to accompany your child while he/she goes off to sleep. Your child will sit on the side of the dental chair while you hug them.  Your child's hand will be placed behind your back while they watch cartoons.  During this time we will wipe off the cream and gently insert the IV.  Once the IV is securely in place, they will fall asleep almost instantaneously.  Once asleep we will ask you to wait outside while we concentrate on your child’s care.

 

Monitoring

Your child will be closely monitored the entire time while your dentist concentrates on the dentistry. After the dentistry is completed, we will take your child to our recovery room where we will let them sleep and wake up slowly.  We will continue to monitor your child throughout this time.  Once your child starts to wake up, we will come and get you so you can be with your child. It is not uncommon for children to be upset upon awakening from anesthesia as they are still disoriented and dizzy.

AFTER

A responsible adult must accompany your child home to rest. Plan to drive or take a taxi home. We do NOT allow you to take public transit after an anesthetic.

 

After the anesthetic you should go directly home. Even though they may feel fine and may want to go out and play, it is important that your child rest at home for the remainder of the day.

 

Your child can eat and drink when they feel ready after arriving home. Check with your dentist if there is any food restrictions due to the dental work.

 

Please feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions or concerns after your child’s anesthetic.

PREPARING YOURSELF FOR GENERAL ANESTHESIA

(Adult Patient)

ALL prospective patients must have their family physician fill out the medical history form prior to booking an appointment.  Once we review this medical history form, we will determine if you can be seen in our clinic.  Based on your medical history, some patients might not qualify for an out of hospital general anesthetic and may need to be seen in the hospital.

 

On the day of the appointment, we will provide the anesthetic and monitor you the entire time while your dentist concentrates on the dental work. Having two people take care of you allows each of us to completely focus on our task at hand.

 

Three documents will be emailed / faxed or mailed to you:

- Instructions on how to prepare yourself for general anesthesia

- Financial agreement (please sign and return to our office)

- Informed consent (please sign and return to our office)

 

We must receive the signed financial agreement AND informed consent prior to securing the appointment at our office. Please take the time to read through each document and feel free to ask us any questions you may have regarding your anesthetic. We are always happy to answer your questions.

 

Please note: Our office is completely separate from your dentist’s office and so all questions and concerns related to anesthesia and/or finances should be directed to us.

On behalf of my staff and myself, we look forward to being a part of your oral health care needs.

BEFORE

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight, the night before your appointment (no mints or gum either). Food in the stomach may cause vomiting during anesthesia and may lead to a medical emergency.

After midnight, you can ONLY have clear fluids* up till 3 hours before your appointment time.

 

For those three hours before your appointment, you are not allowed anything, NOT even a sip of water. This is important for your safety during your anesthetic.

 

For example: If your appointment is at 8 am, then the only thing you may have is water or clear apple juice between midnight and 5 am. After that you are NOT allowed to drink anything. Not even a sip of water. This includes gum and mints.

*CLEAR FLUIDS:

clear apple juice, ginger ale, 7up, gatorade and water.

(drinks you can clearly see through)

NOT CLEAR FLUIDS:

orange juice, mango juice, drinks with pulp, cola drinks, Jello, soups, broths, and milk.

(drinks you cannot clearly see through)

If you take any medications, please contact us so we can let you know if you should withhold or continue your medications the day of surgery. Please advise our office of ANY recent changes in their health such as fever, flu, cold, vomiting or diarrhea before your appointment.

DURING

Going to Sleep

If you require 'freezing cream' to reduce any discomfort while the IV is placed, please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your appointment. Otherwise, you will be asked to arrive 30 minutes prior.  This will allow time to fill out any paper work, discuss the treatment plan with your dentist, consult with us about your anesthetic and relax prior to your appointment.  Many of our patients are needle phobic and we are empathetic to your situation.

 

Monitoring

You will be closely monitored the entire time by us while your dentist concentrates on the dentistry. After the dentistry is completed, you will rest in our recovery room until you are ready to be discharged. One of our staff members will escort you to the car in a wheelchair to ensure your safety.

AFTER

A responsible adult must accompany you home to rest. You must go home in a car or taxi. (A taxi driver does NOT count as your escort). You are NOT allowed to take public transit after an anesthetic.

 

After the anesthetic you should go directly home. Even though you may feel fine it is important that you rest at home for the remainder of the day.

 

You can eat and drink when you feel ready after arriving home. Check with your dentist if there is any food restrictions due to the dental work.

 

Do NOT drive for 24 hours after your anesthetic. Do NOT drink alcohol for 24 hours after your anesthetic. Please feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions or concerns after your anesthetic.